The Washington Times - December 2, 2011, 11:17AM

Every healthy Capitals player was on the ice for Friday’s practice … except defenseman Roman Hamrlik, who was scratched Thursday night.

Apparently, he’s not healthy, as a Caps spokesman said he’s injured and listed as “day-to-day.”


“Well, he’s got a lower body, and he’s just day-to-day. It’s nothing serious,” coach Dale Hunter said. “Just give him a day off today and we’ll see about it.”

On Thursday morning, Hunter was asked about the health of his defensemen and confirmed “They’re good right now,” with the exception of Mike Green. Hamrlik was then scratched against the Penguins. He’s a minus-10 player this season with 18 penalty minutes and just one point.

“It’s feeling,” Hunter said before Thursday’s game. “It’s one of those things that we just decide as a coaching staff.”

But Hunter explained Friday that the lower-body injury was what kept Hamrlik out of the lineup.

“Yeah. We didn’t know the extent of it,” Hunter said. “Nothing serious, though.”

Hunter said no determination had been made as to Hamrlik’s status for Saturday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators.


The Caps’ lines stayed mostly the same, with Mike Knuble moving to the second line with Marcus JohanssonAlexander Semin and Cody Eakin. It figures one will be a healthy scratch Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.


Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Troy Brouwer

Alexander Semin – Marcus Johansson – Mike Knuble (Cody Eakin)

Jason Chimera – Brooks Laich – Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Jeff Halpern  

Mike Green skated solo before practice yet again, the sixth time in seven days he has done that.