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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Line tweaks and other practice updates

Some notes from this morning's practice at KCI:

--Marcus Johansson skated between Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin while Tomas Fleischmann moved to the line with Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr today in the latest line tweak. We'll see how they line up tomorrow.

"It was just something to look at, to see the chemistry," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We haven't been scoring anywhere near the pace that we're capable of. A lot of it, I think, has to do with we're not getting a lot of offense from our power play, but it's nothing new. I don't think any coach doesn't jiggle his lines up when he thinks it needs some maneuvering."

I'll be taking a look at the Capitals' scoring pace and how they might need to focus on the ugly, gritty goals in order to kick things up a notch, so keep an eye out for that.

Here's what the forward lines looked like in their entirety:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Johansson-Semin
Chimera-Fleischmann-Fehr
King-Steckel-Hendricks

--Mike Green said that he isn't ready to play yet and that he won't be in the lineup against the Bruins on Thursday. He wouldn't give any more details on his injury other than it is "upper body."

--Boyd Gordon did not practice for the second straight day, but Boudreau didn't offer any updates on his status. "It's safe to say he didn't practice today," Boudreau said. Matt Bradley was on the ice briefly but left before practice formally began.

--Michal Neuvirth took part in all of practice but said afterward he still wasn't feeling well.

--As many of you saw last night, Tim Thomas has a rather unorthodox style in net. Among other things, Alex Ovechkin was asked whether it's difficult to get a read on Thomas: "I like to play against him. He's kind of a guy you never know what he's going to do, and I don't know what I'm going to either. So, it's two guys who don't know what they're going to do."

By  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/20/2010

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