Saturday practice + kids on holiday break = about 1,000 people watching here at K-Plex. There are a few injured guys on the ice of note. Goalie Brent Johnson (there are three goalies out there) and defensemen Mike Green, Jeff Schultz and John Erskine are all skating. Bryan Helmer is not practicing, which means he could be on his way to meet up with the Hershey Bears just a few hours after being named the No. 1 star.
The list of injured guys not on the ice includes forwards Alexander Semin, Sergei Fedorov, Tomas Fleischmann and Donald Brashear and defenseman Tom Poti. Alex Ovechkin is also taking the day off.
Mike Gartner is also here with his family, watching practice with GM George McPhee on the perch above the ice.