Dennis Wideman, who suffered an apparent lower-body injury last night against the Carolina Hurricanes, is not on the ice for Capitals’ practice at KCI. Wideman, who is officially listed as day-to-day, left Washington’s 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday at the 15:04 mark of the second period after a collision with Tuomo Ruutu.
On the play, Wideman appeared to have lost an edge and was falling to the ice before Ruutu came in contact with him. The Capitals defenseman limped off the ice, not putting weight on his right foot. It’s hard to know whether the fall and impact with the ice or boards or the hit by Ruutu did the damage.
A few other quick notes from Capitals’ practice:
--Mike Green skated alone before practice for about a half hour but went to the dressing room when the rest of the team hit the ice to begin their session.
--Washington is working on its special teams play today in practice. As things are arranged this morning, one power-play unit consists of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Knuble, Marcus Johansson and John Carlson. The other group has a few players rotating through, but consists of Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Eric Fehr and Tom Poti.
--Poti was out on the ice early this morning but the veteran defenseman, who has been hampered most of the season with a nagging groin problem, has remained on the ice with the rest of the team. Poti said Monday that he has had trouble completing consecutive days of tough skates. He practiced in full Monday, did not skate Tuesday and is back out on the ice today.
--Everyone with the exception of Wideman and Green is on the ice for the full practice.