The Washington Times - January 13, 2013, 10:26AM

Capitals training camp started with fanfare: Public address announcer Wes Johnson encouraging fans in chants of “C-A-P-S, Caps, Caps, Caps.” Fans who packed the team’s practice facility cheered players as they stepped onto the ice.

One player who didn’t was forward Brooks Laich, who is believed to be dealing with a groin injury. Laich shook off talk of the injury last week, even while he was skating by himself before informal workouts. TSN reported Laich would miss the first one to two weeks of the season.


With Marcus Johansson beginning camp as the

Here are the Caps’ lines without Laich and Tom Poti, who was sent to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson

Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward / Tom Wilson

Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Eric Fehr / Joey Crabb

Defense pairings:

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green

Jeff Schultz - John Erskine

Cam Schilling - Jack Hillen

Goaltenders: Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth