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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 01/08/2011

Semyon Varlamov first goaltender off the ice for Capitals

As expected, Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice for the Capitals this morning at KCI meaning he should make his fifth straight start tonight at Verizon Center against the Florida Panthers.

Some other quick notes from the morning skate:
--Mathieu Perreault said on Friday that he didn't believe he would play against the Panthers but said after the skate that he believes he will play. The center skated with a full, metal cage attached to his helmet this morning but Perreault said he didn't like the way it limited his vision and occasionally made him dizzy so you probably won't see him wearing it against Florida.

Based on the lines the Capitals used in practice on Friday, Perreault will likely skate on the fourth line with Matt Hendricks and David Steckel.

--Boyd Gordon, who missed the past nine games with an infected right foot, skated with the rest of the team this morning and took part in all of the drills. He is still on the ice for extra work -- along with John Erskine, Tyler Sloan and D.J. King -- and looks to be getting closer to a return.

--It was an optional morning session and Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble and Mike Green all took their option and did not skate.

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