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Update: Capitals preparing for possible Ovechkin suspension

Capitals practice is underway at KCI this morning and it appears as though the team is preparing a contingency plan in case Alex Ovechkin is suspended for his leaping hit against Pittsburgh’s Zbynek Michalek.

There are four players wearing red jerseys, which signifies the top line, Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault and Alexander Semin. One would assume if Ovechkin is suspended, the other three will suit up as a unit against the Bruins; if he isn’t, they will adjust accordingly.

As mentioned above, Johansson, who missed Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins with an illness, is indeed on the ice for practice. Looks like he’ll be ready to go against Boston on Tuesday.

With the exception of Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia) all of the Capitals are on the ice for practice.

Here are the lines the Capitals are using:


Update: 2:26 p.m.: In other lineup news, rookie defenseman Tomas Kundrated has been reassigned to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Kundratek appeared in five games since he was recalled on Jan. 10 and did not record a point.

He saw a range of ice time from as little as 7:25 on Jan. 13 against Tampa Bay to as much as 11:09 in his debut against Pittsburgh on jan. 11.

More from Post Sports:
Backstrom skates for first time since Jan. 6
Ovechkin faces disciplinary hearing for hit
Malkin’s goal vaults Penguins past Caps in OT
Loss overshadow’s Ovi’s three-point outing


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