The Washington Capitals took Tuesday off after a big win over the Detroit Red Wings and were back at their practice facility Wednesday.
Mostly every healthy player was on the ice, and Nicklas Backstrom skated before practice. Alexander Semin was the only one who did not skate. A team spokesman said Semin was taking a maintenance day.
Backstrom skated for the eighth time in nine days.
Ever the superstitious coach, Dale Hunter stuck with the same lines and likely the same pairings as Monday night, with Joel Ward taking Semin’s place:
Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Marcus Johansson - Keith Aucoin - Joel Ward (replacing Alexander Semin)
Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Mike Knuble
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Jeff Halpern
Karl Alzner - Dennis Wideman
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Jeff Schultz - John Carlson
John Erskine - Dmitry Orlov