Following a three-game, week-long road trip, the Capitals returned to practice in familiar territory at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today. Also familiar is the injury status of several Capitals.
Via Capitals Insider's Katie Carrera, coach Bruce Boudreau has ruled Tom Poti's status as "questionable" for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Poti has been suffering from a "lower body injury" for most of the season's first month. Boudreau speculated that Poti, who missed the first game of the road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes October 27, could rejoin the team for the final two games. Poti, however, never made the trip. Poti took part in a full practice today except for the wind sprints at the end. Poti then left immediately to receive treatment and did not speak to reporters. Boudreau did say that Poti looked pretty good and seemed to be moving well.
Rookie Marcus Johansson also participated in practice today, but was wearing a yellow practice jersey, signifying that he is injured. Johansson has been out since he suffered a hip injury against the Boston Bruins October 21. Defenseman Tyler Sloan is also nursing an undisclosed injury and missed Saturday's 7-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
An intriguing move that happened over the weekend was the demotion of defenseman Brian Fahey and center Mathieu Perreault back to AHL Hershey. Boudreau made sure to clarify that what seemed to be a good sign of things to come turned out to be nothing more than a necessary roster move:
"A), Hershey played last night; B), it's better for the [salary] cap; and C) we didn't practice [Sunday] so there was no sense in keeping them here," Boudreau said. "We have that option of recalling any of them and we'll see where we are tomorrow."
Meanwhile, goaltender Semyon Varlamov was "nowhere to be seen" at practice, according to Carrera.