The Caps are going through the morning skate right now. There are a few guys (the Alexes and Nicklas Backstrom most notably) who appear to be taking the morning off. Mike Green and Tom Poti are both on the ice, and so is Sean Collins — the guy who is probably the odd man out once both are healthy.
Sergei Fedorov was out on the ice before everyone, but he is already off, which probably isn’t a good sign for tonight. Brent Johnson is also back on the ice.
All of the other injured guys (Fehr, Fleischmann, Erskine, Clark, Schultz) are not out there.
UPDATE: Ovechkin just went out on the ice for a couple of minutes — in shorts, a t-shirt, gloves and skates.
Fehr, Clark and Schultz are all going out after everyone. This is the second day on the ice for Schultz (yesterday as well). He said he can hold the stick with his hand that has a broken finger on it, but no shooting or stickhandling yet.
UPDATE: Mike Green says he is ready to go tonight. He still has to meet with the head trainer, Greg Smith, to conform he will be allowed to play (pass some tests, etc.).
Oskar Osala is still on the ice with the other injured guys, so this could be a sign that Sergei Fedorov will play tonight. More in a few minutes after Bruce Boudreau addresses the media.
UPDATE: OK, one final update this morning after talking to Boudreau. Green and Fedorov are both likely to play tonight. They will take the warmup and go from there. That said, Boudreau said they haven’t decided if Oskar Osala and Sean Collins are sticking around for another day or not yet. I would think it would make sense for those two to not leave town in case they are needed tomorrow in Montreal.
Boudreau said Brent Johnson will be in net tonight. He said it is because Johnson played well Wednesday night, not because of who the opponent is Saturday night (Johnson tonight likely means Jose Theodore will get a chance in his old barn tomorrow — and against a team he shut out earlier this season at home).
Finally, Alex Ovechkin was walking on the mezzanine level behind the one net here at K-Plex to eat with his teammates. When he saw the media contingent standing around waiting for Boudreau, he turned and walked past again — only this time playing up a pronounced limp for all to see. You can’t say the guy doesn’t have a sense of humor.