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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Maintenance day for Semin, other Capitals practice notes

Washington’s first practice of the postseason is underway at KCI and the only presumably healthy player missing is Alexander Semin. The Russian winger received a maintenance day, according to a team spokesman.

With Semin’s absence veteran Mike Knuble, who was a healthy scratch in the regular season finale against New York, appears to be serving as a stand-in on the second line.

A few other quick notes:

— If you missed it earlier, Michal Neuvirth was on the ice for roughly 15 minutes today ahead of practice but didn’t look at ease in his movements. The Capitals have also recalled Dany Sabourin.

— It’s tough to gauge whether the lines the Capitals are using today are something that Coach Dale Hunter will use in Game 1 or some experimentation three days ahead of the start of the series.

Regardless, here are the lines — and keep in mind that Semin will likely take Knuble’s place on the second line.:

Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Backstrom-Knuble
Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson
Aucoin-Perreault-Ward with Eakin and Halpern

— The defensive pairs feature one interesting tweak from the past few contests: Dennis Wideman was working with Jeff Schultz, who was a healthy scratch in the five final regular season games.

Carlson-Alzner
Hamrlik-Green
Schultz-Wideman
Erskine-Orlov

— Courtesy of Fluto Shinzawa from the Boston Globe, here is the Bruins’ lineup from practice today.

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille/Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Defense

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo
Mike Mottau

Goal
Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

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