Updates from Thursday Morning Practice

Posted by Dave Nichols | Thursday, January 06, 2011 | , , | 0 comments »

There were a couple of medical updates from Capitals practice this morning:

Alex Ovechkin wore a yellow "non-contact" jersey this morning. He shadowed the top line of Alexander Semin, Nick Backstrom and Mike Knuble, but did not participate in drills. He avoided holding his stick with his left hand.

After practice, coach Bruce Boudreau revealed that Ovechkin had a cortisone shot following the 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday night.  Boudreau indicated that the non-specified problem Ovechkin received treatment for may have been bothering him for "a while", and hopefully the cortisone and rest will be enough to get him going again.

Both Ovechkin and Boudreau said he would be fine for Saturday's game against Florida.

Matt Hendricks and Mathieu Perreault also missed practice. Boudreau said Hendricks also had a cortisone shot to an unspecified area and Perreault needed some work to his "facial area" following the broken nose he sustained two weeks ago in Carolina. Both players are expected to go Saturday.

Goalie Michal Neuvirth left the ice before the team participated in sprints, but Boudreau was not aware and did not know any reason why he would not have participated. Semin also did not do sprints, rather took a knee while his teammates finished their skating.

The team spent much of practice working 3-on-2 drills around the net and shooting from the blue line and working on tip drills and creating havoc around the net.