The Washington Times - March 16, 2012, 03:54PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba | Let the good times roll, at least back home for the Washington Capitals, as Nicklas Backstrom skated Friday in Arlington.

Backstrom was on the ice at the Caps’ practice facility for the fourth consecutive day. He worked out on ice again with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, a team spokesman said. It was not clear how long he skated.


Backstrom skated for 34 minutes Thursday, part of that with Nemish.

Asked Thursday what was next, Backstrom deferred to trainer Greg Smith.

We’ll see what Smitty puts me on, what program he’s putting me on.,” Backstrom said. “We’re probably going to see what’s happening, but I’m going to take it slow, I think and see. I’m not going to rush back.”

Hamrlik back out

With Mike Green’s return to the Caps’ lineup from suspension Friday night at the Winnipeg Jets, veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik is again the odd man out.

Coach Dale Hunter was complimentary of Hamrlik on Thursday.

He was good. He was solid,” he said. “Solid defensively, blocked shots, did what he had to do.”

John Erskine and Jeff Halpern join Hamrlik as healthy scratches in Winnipeg.

The Caps’ lines remain the same: Brooks Laich between Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin, Mathieu Perreault between Jason Chimera and Alexander Semin, Jay Beagle between Matt Hendricks and Troy Brouwer and Keith Aucoin between Mike Knuble and Joel Ward.

No Bogosian

Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian is getting closer to returning from a lower-body injury, but he won’t play Friday night against the Caps. He hopes to return Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

You know when you’re hurt, sometimes you can be a liability out there,” Bogosian said. “So I think it’s best for the team that I wasn’t playing.”