The Washington Times - March 12, 2012, 11:30AM

Most Washington Capitals players had Monday off before the team boarded an afternoon flight to New York for Tuesday’s game at the Islanders. A few players and one public relations guy were on the ice for a light workout.

Healthy scratches Jeff Halpern and John Erskine and suspended Mike Green were on the ice after not skating at all Saturday or Sunday. Two straight days with no morning skates just about required some on-ice work.


Media relations director Sergey Kocharov played goalie for a day. Green started practice with earbuds in and apparently an iPod, but that changed once the more organized part of practice started.

Halpern was a healthy scratch for both games over the weekend, though coach Dale Hunter has not provided a reason for that. Asked Sunday why he took Halpern out, Hunter said it was to get Keith Aucoin on the power play and at center. But Aucoin was already in the lineup before Halpern was scratched.

Erskine has not played since Feb. 12 at the New York Rangers and said last week he and his coach don’t talk about why he has been scratched.

Who? Dale? Dale, he hasn’t talked to me one bit,” Erskine said Friday. “I talk to [assistant coaches Dean Evason] and Jimmy Johnson here or there but that’s about it.”