It was an optional skate this morning for the Caps, and several guys did not take the ice. Here are a few quick notes:
*Shaone Morrisonn and Sergei Fedorov are still “day-to-day” so says Bruce Boudreau. Morrisonn skated on his own before practice. Boudreau said he hasn’t ruled them out for tomorrow, but Wednesday could be more likely for their return.
*Tyler Sloan is still here, another sign the Caps aren’t sure if either of those guys will be able to play tomorrow.
*Chris Clark is “possible” with his undisclosed injury.
*Boudreau used the phrase “good chance” again when asked if Brent Johnson will be in net against the Lightning.
*There was a youth team from Connecticut at K-Plex to play the Jr. Capitals, and several of the players know one of Michael Nylander’s kids from when the family lived there. Nylander’s son plays for Team Maryland, and his Connecticut pals will see him later in the season.
*While some people are eargerly awaiting Jose Theodore’s new mask, Brent Johnson has a new one and it is pretty sweet. It has the Capitol building on top like his old one, but it has the Iwo Jima memorial and the three monuments from the Mall on one side and the Lincoln Memorial on the other. He also has his grandfather, Sid Abel, and his father, Robert Johnson’s names below the Iwo Jima and Lincoln Memorial.
*Olie Kolzig, who both Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune and Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times think will start tomorrow against his former team. Mike Smith has started four straight games for the Lightning. The Caps are expected to have a short in-game tribute on the video board to honor Kolzig.
“I like Olie, we all like Olie and the people of Washington love Olie and rightfully so,” Boudreau said. “But when the puck drops, we want to score more than they score. It will nice if he is starting that he gets the applause I think he deserves and the recognition he deserves, but it is like anything else — once the puck drops, it is our team vs. their team.”