Updated, 1:15 p.m.
Forward Marcus Johansson was one of 11 Capitals players to hit the ice for Wednesday morning’s optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but there still is no clear timetable for the 22-year-old’s return to game action.
The team announced that Johansson, who has missed the Capitals’ last 10 games, was cleared for contact Wednesday after passing a neuropsych test — required for NHL players who have suffered concussions — and is going through the proper steps in his recovery.
“It feels good to have [the test] over, but we’ll take it from here and see what happens,” Johansson said. “Hopefully I can play soon.”
Washington previously said Johansson was suffering from an upper-body injury. He last played Feb. 7 against Pittsburgh, going scoreless in 15 minutes, 37 seconds of ice time.
Johansson didn’t offer many details about the injury but said he will follow head athletic trainer Greg Smith’s instructions as he works toward a return.
“I’m excited to play hockey for real again and be in a game and practice 100 percent again,” Johansson said. “It’s not as fun to watch games as it is to play them, and you want to be out there and try to help. It’s been tough.”
Forward Troy Brouwer, who missed Tuesday’s win over the Bruins as he battled the flu, also was on the ice for Wednesday’s practice and is expected to play Thursday against the Panthers.
“Get some fluids in me, hopefully I can eat something in the next day or two,” said Brouwer, who came down with the illness Monday. “But it’s going to be tough for the back to back here.”
Brouwer had played in all 102 games of his Capitals career until Tuesday but had to watch the win over the Bruins from his couch.
“It’s not a whole lot of fun to be sitting there, helpless,” he said.
Brouwer was joined at Wednesday’s skate by forwards Joey Crabb, Mathieu Perreault, Aaron Volpatti and Wojtek Wolski; defensemen Jack Hillen, Steve Oleksy, Tom Poti and Jeff Schultz; and goalie Michal Neuvirth.
Goalie Braden Holtby, who has gone 7-3 in starting each of the Capitals’ last 10 games, did not practice but will start Thursday, according to Coach Adam Oates. Holtby has two shutouts, a 2.20 GAA and a .932 save percentage during that stretch.