Alexander Semin not taking part in Capitals’ practice

Practice is underway at KCI this morning as the Capitals prepare to face Philadelphia on Thursday. The only player unexpectedly absent from the workout is Alexander Semin, who took a maintenance day according to a team spokesman.

A few quick notes from practice after the jump.

With Semin not in the mix, the Caps forward lines are as follows:
Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Johansson-Aucoin-Knuble
Chimera-Perreault-Ward
Hendricks-Halpern-Beagle

Defensive pairings appear to be the same for this session as they were against the Red Wings:
Alzner-Wideman
Hamrlik-Green
Schultz-Carlson
Erskine-Orlov

— Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth are both taking part, while Tomas Vokoun remains sidelined by a groin muscle strain and has not been on the ice so far this morning.

Nicklas Backstrom continues to recover from the concussion that has held him out of the lineup since Jan. 3 and was on the ice for a 35-minute workout with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. The Swedish center has been on the ice eight of the past nine days.

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