The Washington Times - January 16, 2009, 11:08AM

First, a roster move — the Caps have demoted Bryan Helmer which would clear the way for an injured defenseman (either Shaone Morrisonn or Tom Poti) to play tomorrow night against the Bruins.

The only guy missing from practice was Sergei Fedorov, and Boyd Gordon was in his place between Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann. Alex Ovechkin left practice early, and Chris Clark moved into that spot. Here are the forward lines:

SEE RELATED:


Ovechkin(Clark)-Backstrom-Kozlov

Fleischmann-Gordon-Semin

Laich-Nylander-Fehr-Clark

Brashear-Steckel-Bradley

UPDATE: Bryan Helmer was on the ice at the end of practice, doing some hard skating with Boyd Gordon and Chris Clark. He may still need to be recalled again for tomorrow.

* Shaone Morrisonn left practice early, and Bruce Boudreau said he’s not going to play against the Bruins.

* Tom Poti hasn’t ruled himself out for tomorrow, and wants to take a wait and see approach. He would have to be taken off long-term injury reseve to play.

* Boudreau said Boyd Gordon could be available against the Bruins, but he hadn’t talked to him about his back yet.

* Sergei Fedorov was taking a “mental health day.”

* Jose Theodore has a new mask — it is essentially the same one as before with the color scheme switched.

* Tomorrow night the Caps will finish a seven-game stretch that included games against Philadelphia, New York, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Boston. Jokes about the current state of the Penguins aside, it has been a tour of the other top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Given that the Caps were 20 seconds away from at least gaining a point in Montreal and have won the other three games, it has been a pretty impressive showing for the team. Now, there were two stinkers against inferior teams from the West in there, but the Caps have shown well against the best of the best in their conference.