Mike and Mary Anne Liut have had a full house the past few nights, as their home has become a refugee camp for emigres from Hartford.

Dave Tippett arrived early in the week and Joel Quenneville came late Wednesday night after being traded to the Washington Capitals by the Whalers, who employed Liut until last March.

"When we saw each other at the airport {Wednesday} night, we all just started laughing," Quenneville said yesterday after his first practice. "Tonight, we're going to the hotel."

Quenneville, who didn't want to overstay his welcome, was thankful for the hospitality and the chance of playing regularly with the Capitals. The Whalers were ready to send the 32-year-old defenseman to their farm team in Springfield.

"The change is good," he said. "I hope I can help defensively, kill penalties and get the puck out of our end. I'm not that flashy, but hopefully I can get the job done."

Beaupre Fair Game

Don Beaupre missed most of training camp because of contract negotiations, so when he arrived for his first practice Wednesday, he took a little ribbing.

"Nobody missed a chance to get in a shot, but I haven't lived down last year yet," said Beaupre, who held out for one day and then caught up with the team in Sweden. "But they couldn't come up with any original lines." . . .

Left wing Bob Joyce (sprained ankle) skated yesterday for the first time. "When I try to dig in, I'm still in some pain," said Joyce, who skated about three-quarters speed by himself before the rest of the team practiced at Capital Centre.

Traffic Pattern Changes

Construction in the area around Capital Centre has meant a change in traffic patterns going to the parking lots. The entrance off Central Avenue (Route 214, the extension of East Capitol Street) remains the same. On Landover Road (Route 202), the entrance on Arena Drive is closed.

If you exit the Beltway going east on Landover Road, you can reach Capital Centre by making the first right on McCormick Drive or the second right on Lottsford Road. McCormick eventually will intersect with Lottsford, which leads into the parking lots.

There were 905 tickets left for tonight's game as of about 5 p.m. yesterday.