The Caps just wrapped a relatively light practice here in Arlington. Sergei Fedorov and Donald Brashear — the two guys who missed last night’s game — did not practice today. Jose Theodore was also given the day off.
Funniest thing of the day, hands down: The loser of Juice Boy, the game that seems to be increasing in popularity (there are definitely guys who play now that didn’t play ealier in the year) was one Bruce Boudreau. Whoever loses is in charge of getting post-practice drinks for everyone who played, so it was quite a site to see Boudreau wandering about the dressing room with a tray full of cups to hand out to his players (and assistant coaches, which was the most indignant part).
The Caps face Carolina tomorrow. The Hurricanes are playing better of late and have worked their way into the top eight of the Eastern Conference. It sure does seem like the return of Erik Cole has helped spark this team, though they played a couple of good games right before they traded for him as well.
Boudreau compared their situation to the reverse from last season and while it is true the Canes are fighting for a playoff spot, the division situation is not the same. At this point last season (after 69 games), the Caps had three points less than Carolina did.
Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, Mike Green is on the cover of The Hockey News this week. He’s also only scored one goal in 13 games. He’s going to have to pick it up if he’s going to reach 30 this season (more on No. 52 in tomorrow’s paper, er, online edition).