The Capitals returned to practice Monday morning after a day off, with every roster player skating except defenseman Jack Hillen, who was injured Saturday night at Tampa Bay. Hillen was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Hillen appeared to hit his left shoulder into the boards after being checked by Vinny Lecavalier. He also seemed to hit his head into the boards. Hillen skated off favoring his left arm or shoulder, and coach Adam Oates afterward called it an “upper-body injury.”
Brooks Laich (groin) also did not skate with the team. Oates provided something of an update on Laich.
“Brooks is kind of exhausting all options. He’s feeling better and he just wants to make sure it’s going in the right direction,” the Caps’ coach said. “He talked to me, hopefully like Wednesday maybe skate with us.”
The rest of the players were on the ice, in the same lines that played against the Lightning.
With the recall of Tomas Kundratek, the Caps again have eight defensemen on the active roster. But Oates said he might not do the same for the home opener Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
Monday’s lines and pairings:
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin
Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Eric Fehr / Joey Crabb
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Tom Poti - Jeff Schultz - John Erskine