Center Nic Dowd, who has missed the past five games due to a hand injury, skated on the Washington Capitals‘ fourth-line during practice on Monday and appears ready to return when the team hosts the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) but said that he still needs to be cleared. After center Michael Sgarbossa was assigned to the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Sunday, forward Chandler Stephenson centered the third-line with Nicklas Backstrom (lower-body) still out.
Forward Carl Hagelin practiced in a regular jersey but is not eligible to be activated off of long-term injured reserve since it requires that he miss at least 10 games until December 3, when the Capitals visit the San Jose Sharks.
Backstrom was doing some work with conditioning coaching Mark Nemish prior to practice but did not participate. Reirden said earlier this week that he was hopeful that Backstrom could later this week. He has missed the past two games.
According to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Samantha Pell of the Washington Post, the Capitals are interested in playing a game in Russia in the near future. “We’ve talked about different things overseas and we’ve talked about some in Russia or some in Sweden,” team president Dick Patrick said. “We’re not sure; it’s a league decision. They’ve talked about China, too, which would be like an exhibition game. I personally wasn’t too intrigued by that. I think it is just too hard on players during training camp.”
Capitals at practice today:
(Djoos is paired with Hathaway)
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By Harrison Brown