The Washington Times - April 15, 2013, 10:28AM

Jack Hillen was the only healthy Washington Capitals player not on the ice for Monday’s practice. The defenseman was in Minnesota seeing his wife, Caitlin, and children Finn and Knox.

It was Hillen’s first chance to go home and see Caitlin and Knox, who was born April 6. Hillen didn’t know his wife was going into labor that night; since he learned of the birth of his second child, the 27-year-old has two goals and three assists in four games.


Right wing Joel Ward (bruised left knee) skated gingerly before practice. He has missed the past three games since blocking a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo, and there is no timeframe for Ward to return to game action.

Left wing Aaron Volpatti blocked a shot with his right leg Saturday night from Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas and suffered a pressure cut. Volpatti reported being all right after the game and practiced on the fourth line as usual Monday.

The rest of the lines were the same. The Caps are riding a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, so why change anything?

Brooks Laich has not skated since suffering a lower-body injury April 4 that coach Adam Oates

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Martin Erat - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Eric Fehr

Aaron Volpatti / Wojtek Wolski - Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

John Erskine - John Carlson

Jeff Schultz / Tom Poti - Steve Oleksy