Capitals Insider: Practice update


Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Caps will be without Mike Green for at least two games

Washington may have to manage without defenseman Mike Green during final week of regular season.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:24 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Troy Brouwer misses practice; Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom reunited on same line

Trroy Brouwer rests Wednesday, while Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom skate on the same line.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:11 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Lineups, Patrick Wey, Practice update, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Jack Hillen questionable, Mikhail Grabovski out against Bruins (updated)

News and notes from Friday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Nicklas Backstrom ‘absolutely’ will face Bruins; Jack Hillen sidelined (updated)

Nicklas Backstrom participates fully in Thursday’s practice, while Jack Hillen sits out.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jack Hillen, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Mikhail Grabovski takes part in Capitals’ practice (updated)

Veteran center Mikhail Grabovski participates in practice for the first time since Feb. 27.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jaroslav Halak, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Evgeny Kuznetsov on second line during Capitals practice

Notes from the Capitals’ practice on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Groin injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom back on the ice for Capitals’ practice

Four of the Caps’ five Olympians are back at practice offering a look at what to expect when the season starts back up.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update, Sochi 2014

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Injuries piling up for Capitals

With three games left before the Olympic break the Capitals suddenly see their injured list growing rapidly.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr, Injuries, Mike Green, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 01/29/2014

With busy schedule before Olympic break, Caps hold optional practice in Columbus

With six games in the 10 days left before the Olympic break, Oates wants to make sure players get enough rest.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:50 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Practice update

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Mikhail Grabovski will not travel to Buffalo (updated)

News and notes from Monday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Alex Ovechkin sits out practice, questionable against Devils (updated)

The star right wing misses another skate with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/18/2014

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom reunited as Caps shuffle lines again

Notes from Washington’s Saturday practice in Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Brooks Laich moves into top six, Marcus Johansson down to third line

Brooks Laich jumps into the top six, while Marcus Johansson moves down to center the third line.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:52 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Practice update

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Braden Holtby determined to improve while waiting for next start

Oates shares some insight into how he’s selected the starting goaltender this week.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Goalies, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/01/2014

Adam Oates shuffles lines; Alex Ovechkin skates with Mikhail Grabovski and Eric Fehr

The Capitals have new forward lines in Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 12/28/2013

Brooks Laich practices, will travel to Buffalo

Notes from Capitals’ practice on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:33 PM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Michael Latta, Practice update

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Mikhail Grabovski returns to practice, likely to play against Hurricanes

Notes from Thursday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Goalies, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Mikhail Grabovski misses practice with the flu

News and notes from Capitals practice Monday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Injuries, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/14/2013

Erik Gudbranson won’t face supplemental discipline for hit against Eric Fehr

The Panthers defenseman won’t receive a suspension for his hit on Eric Fehr.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Injuries, John Erskine, Michal Neuvirth, Practice update

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Oates on Brooks Laich skating: ‘I don’t want to get my hopes up’ (updated)

Notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:51 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries, Practice update

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Michal Neuvirth practices, doesn’t expect to play this weekend

Notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Philipp Grubauer, Practice update

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Capitals recall Patrick Wey, reassign Tyson Strachan to Hershey (updated)

News and notes from Thursday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Hershey Bears, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Patrick Wey, Practice update, Roster moves, Tom Wilson, Tyson Strachan

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Mike Green expected to face Canadiens; Oates undecided about goaltender

News and notes from Thursday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:51 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Injuries, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Mike Green hopes to be ready to face Penguins (updated)

Notes from the Capitals’ practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:46 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Erskine, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Mike Green misses Capitals practice with lower-body injury (updated)

The defenseman didn’t take part in Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Injuries, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update, Roster moves

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Alex Ovechkin misses practice with upper-body injury (updated)

Notes from Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Jay Beagle, Practice update

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Michal Neuvirth to start in Vancouver

Michal Neuvirth will make his second start of the season tonight, plus other notes from the Caps’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canucks, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth, Practice update

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Marcus Johansson leaves practice early; Oates able to balance ice time in Edmonton

Notes from the Capitals’ practice in Calgary.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Marcus Johansson, Practice update

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Capitals prepare for longest road trip of the season

Notes from Capitals’ practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Capitals switch up line combinations

After seven games, Coach Adam Oates made some significant alterations to the forward lines.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Alex Ovechkin ‘wasn’t feeling 100 percent,’ leaves Capitals practice early

Ovechkin took part in less than 20 minutes of the Capitals’ quick practice on Tuesday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:29 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Practice update

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2013

No discipline for Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera after hits against Oilers

Notes from Tuesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, Practice update

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Joel Ward hopes to be ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers

Joel Ward participates in more drills and other notes from Capitals' practice Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Playoffs, Practice update

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Capitals gear up for final week of regular season (updated)

Notes from the Capitals' practice Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Nicklas Backstrom taking part in Caps practice in Montreal (updated)

A day after he took a slap shot to his left arm, Nicklas Backstrom is participating in practice in Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Joel Ward skates briefly, Jack Hillen back in Minnesota visiting family

Notes from Capitals practice on Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jack Hillen, Joel Ward, Practice update

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Joel Ward skates for first time since suffering knee contusion

Notes from the Capitals' practice in Arlington Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Martin Erat, Practice update

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/02/2013

John Erskine a game-time decision against Carolina (updated)

The Capitals are sticking with the same line combinations for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, defensive lineup still uncertain.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, John Erskine, Practice update

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Alex Ovechkin asks to leave practice early, Eric Fehr skates briefly

Notes from the Capitals' practice before the team leaves for Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, John Erskine, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Alex Ovechkin hit by puck in Capitals practice (updated)

Alex Ovechkin left Capitals practice Thursday after being struck in the face by a puck.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Practice update

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Jack Hillen sick, John Erskine doesn't take part in practice drills (updated)

Just as the Capitals blue line seemed to be getting healthy, two defensemen didn't take part in Thursday's practice in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Jack Hillen, John Erskine, Mathieu Perreault, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/25/2013

John Erskine, Tomas Kundratek and Tom Poti all make appearance at optional skate (updated)

Injured defensemen John Erskine and Tomas Kundratek both took part in an optional skate Monday in Arlington. Tom Poti, who is also on injured reserve, skated briefly before the workout began.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Erskine, Optional practice, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Capitals morning skate: Brooks Laich on second line, Mike Green taking rushes (updated)

Notes from the Capitals morning skate in Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Jets, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Maintenance day for Brooks Laich, other practice notes (updated)

Notes from Capitals practice Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Tomas Kundratek tests right leg, Braden Holtby to start against Sabres

Tomas Kundratek skates briefly, Matt Hendricks is ready to play against Sabres and other notes from the Caps optional skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Aaron Volpatti to take turn as top-line left wing

Notes from the Capitals practice at Boston University's Agganis Arena on Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Defense, Optional practice, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Tom Poti set to return to Capitals' lineup

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Raleigh.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Mike Green skates, Philipp Grubauer practices with Capitals (updated)

News and notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Mike Green not taking part in Capitals practice

Mike Green, who aggravated a groin injury last week, misses a second straight Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Mike Green not taking part in Caps' practice

Mike Green isn't on the ice for Caps practice, which features a few different line combinations.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Matt Hendricks, Practice update, practice upddate, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Status updates on Backstrom, Green, Laich and Chimera (updated)

The Caps are on the ice for practice Monday morning but Nicklas Backstrom is missing from the workout.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Eric Fehr promoted, Wojtek Wolski demoted in Capitals practice

Coach Adam Oates tinkers slightly with the line combinations after a second straight loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Line combinations, Practice update, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Mike Green skates briefly during Capitals practice (updated)

Capitals defenseman Mike Green skates Wednesday morning but heads to the dressing room just 10 minutes into practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Mike Green skates briefly; Brooks Laich and Marcus Johansson not at practice

Mike Green skates briefly; Marcus Johansson and Brooks Laich miss practice.

By Eric Detweiler  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Capitals prepare to visit Rangers

The Capitals aren't tinkering with their line combinations heading into Sunday's game at the New York Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Coach Adam Oates shuffles lines again

After the loss to Toronto, Coach Adam Oates mixes up his line combinations.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Caps switch up lines again

In search of a spark with his team back in the cellar of the NHL's Eastern Conference standings, Capitals Coach Adam Oates decided to adjust his lines again at Monday's practice.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Practice update: Capitals hold optional workout, Hillen skates

Coach Adam Oates explains why he decided to give the Capitals an optional skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Jack Hillen, Optional practice, Practice update