The Washington Times - March 6, 2012, 10:19AM

Every healthy Washington Capitals player was on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, but the lights were out. Slowly coming back on and flickering, everyone went about business as usual.

That’s a good sign for a team that has been shut out two games in a row, as was the fact that no players took their option to sit out.


That includes Jeff Halpern, who should be good to go against the Carolina Hurricanes after taking just one shift in the third period Sunday.

The Caps did not do line rushes at the skate, but the groupings for Monday’s practice could be an indication of what’s to come. They were a change from over the weekend.

“Yeah, he’s just trying to find a little bit of a spark, maybe,” forward Matt Hendricks said. “A little bit of a connection between some guys that we haven’t seen lately.”

Said coach Dale Hunter: “I just trying to get more offense going. So I put Brooksie up and we’ll see if we can create more opportunities. We created a lot, but let’s see if we can create even more.”

Mike Knuble, Roman Hamrlik and John Erskine are expected to be healthy scratches. Michal Neuvirth will make his sixth straight start.

Here were the lines from Monday:

Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Marcus Johansson

Jason Chimera – Mathieu Perreault – Alexander Semin

Matt Hendricks – Jay Beagle – Troy Brouwer

Keith Aucoin – Jeff Halpern – Joel Ward