Caps practice update (update)

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A few quick notes from the start of practice here at Kettler:

* Alex Ovechkin is not practicing, and Eric Fehr is taking his place on the top line.

* Boyd Kane is not on the ice, which could mean he’s been sent to Hershey. [UPDATE]: He’s been sent to Hershey.

* Tyler Sloan is practicing at forward in Kane’s place, which would be an interesting wrinkle.

Here’s the lines:

Fehr-Backstrom-Semin

Laich-Morrison-Knuble

Laing-Steckel-Clark

Sloan-Gordon-Bradley-Nylander

* A couple of other things from last night …

1) Semyon Varlamov, as has been pointed out by a reader (and now by Japers Rink) did not give up three goals in a period against the Penguins in Game 7. But he did give up four in less than 20 minutes (I forgot that goal No. 5 was on Theodore).

2) The Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin troika combined for two points in the 27-plus minutes when Chris Pronger was on the ice. They combined for six points when he wasn’t on the ice. Considering that Oveckin-Backstrom combined for a score directly off a Pronger turnover but the Flyers won the game, we will call this showdown a draw.

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