Brooks Laich is known for his ability to play all three forward positions and line up anywhere the Capitals might need him to, but over the past two weeks of training camp and the preseason he did not spend much time at center.
On Saturday morning at KCI, however, Laich was lined up as the center of the third line between Jason Chimera and Joel Ward. It’s a combination that would allow the Capitals to maximize all of the depth they have on the wing while putting an established NHL player in the middle of the third line.
In other news, both Michal Neuvirth and Mathieu Perreault, who missed the previous two days of practice with minor injuries are back on the ice.
Meanwhile, Jay Beagle is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and is the only player not on the ice this morning. Turns out there was a little miscommunication with regard to Jay Beagle’s status. Coach Bruce Boudreau said Beagle, who was a little banged up after facing the Sabres Friday, is fine and is expected to play on Sunday. The hard-working forward was given a day off.
*Here are the lines the Capitals are using at this morning’s practice, which should offer a hint at what’s to come in Sunday’s preseason finale against the Blackhawks:
*All eight defensemen remaining on the roster are out on the ice, but John Erskine is back in an orange no-contact jersey.
*Tomas Vokoun and Neuvirth are in net for practice but Braden Holtby is still in Arlington. He’s working out at KCI and sticking around long enough for the Capitals to evaluate Neuvirth and make sure the 23-year-old Czech is healthy before sending Holtby back to Hershey..