Some quick notes from Capitals practice, which is underway at KCI:
--Both Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott skated with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish prior to the regular practice this morning. It appeared to be a rather brisk workout for both players, with plenty of stop-and-start style drills. Ovechkin wore knee-shin pads under warmup gear while Arnott didn’t wear any pads. They were on the ice for about 20-30 minutes.
--Everyone else on the roster, except for Mike Green, participated in the regular practice. Green has not taken part in a full practice or contact drills with his teammates since suffering a concussion when he was hit by the New York Rangers’ Derek Stepan on Feb. 25. I’ll check for an update on the two-time Norris Trophy finalist’s status after practice.
--Lines this morning are similar to what the Capitals used against the Flyers with one exception, which is that four players have been rotating through the top line: Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Eric Fehr.
Here are the groups: