Mikhail Grabovski missed Capitals practice Monday because of the same flu that kept him out of Sunday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers. But the center may meet the team in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning ahead of the rematch between the two teams, Coach Adam Oates said.
“We’re going to have to wait and see in the morning,” Oates said. “There’s been a little flu bug going around, and he texted that he was feeling better and would probably meet us in the morning.”
If Grabovski does return to the lineup Tuesday, he should slot into the center spot on the second line, and it would be a matter of which forward would then sit out as a healthy scratch. In practice, Martin Erat was filling in for Grabovski on the second line, Jay Beagle and Michael Latta skated on the third and fourth respectively.
>> All three goaltenders, Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer and Michal Neuvirth, took part in practice, and Oates said all three will make the trip to Philadelphia. The Capitals currently have all three of them on their 23-man active roster, and it will be interesting to see how they proceed given that Neuvirth appears to have recovered from the right ankle injury he suffered Nov. 29. More to come on the goalie situation in Tuesday’s newspaper.
>> Brooks Laich, who is on LTIR because of a strained right groin muscle, skated for roughly 45 minutes Monday morning and stayed on the ice as formal practice began. He didn’t participate fully in the workout, though, and simply continued skating as the rest of the team worked through drills. Laich has skated four times since he last appeared in a game Nov. 27, and the earliest he would be eligible to come off injured reserve is Dec. 22.
Here’s the lineup the Capitals used in practice
Urbom rotating through as an extra
Holtby, Grubauer and Neuvirth