With Soviet defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Chris Felix was sent down to the Baltimore Skipjacks.

Felix had been summoned from Baltimore on Oct. 14, and in three games provided some help on the power play. He had two assists in the Capitals' 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Saturday night.

Tatarinov yesterday took part in his first full practice with the team. After the workout and a few television interviews, he and translator John Chapin met with Capitals Coach Terry Murray to chat about strategy.

Players' wives don't normally attend practices, but Natalya Tatarinov was curious. So Katherine Young -- who worked with the Capitals in arranging Tatarinov's departure from Moscow and is living with the family -- brought her, and the couple's two-year-old son, Vladimir, to watch the last few minutes. Johansson Contributes

Calle Johansson's contributions continue to grow. He set up Dale Hunter for the Capitals' second goal in the victory over New Jersey, then scored the last two. His nine points put him one behind team leader John Druce. . . .

Bob Goodenow, the deputy executive director of the NHL Players Association and the man who has all but succeeded Executive Director Alan Eagleson, met with Capitals players for about two hours yesterday. Insurance programs took up much of the meeting. Goodenow is in the process of meeting with all 21 teams. . . .

Peter Bondra has been nicknamed "Banzai" by his Washington teammates. The cry "Banzai" was recently made popular in the trilogy of Rambo movies and bestowed upon Bondra for his all-out style.

Apparently the movies -- or at least word of them -- made it to Bondra's native Czechoslovakia, so he understood the meaning behind the nickname.