Quick hits from today’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
No Marcus: Capitals center Marcus Johansson (flu symptoms) arrived at Kettler Tuesday morning but was sent home to rest and is questionable for Wednesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
“We’ll see where he is (Wednesday),” Caps coach Barry Trotz said. “He’ll probably skate and we’ll make that decision. It’s just the flu, it’s going around right now. The more we can keep him away the better.”
Beagle-mania: Center Jay Beagle (hand fracture) took turns with Michael Latta skating on a fourth line with left wing Brooks Laich and right wing Stan Galiev.
Beagle will not play Wednesday but will be re-examined on Wednesday or Thursday and could return to the lineup Friday night at home against the Minnesota Wild or Sunday afternoon in Chicago against the Blackhawks.
Chasing history: Trotz, 53, was asked by a Montreal reporter if he remembers watching the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, who recorded an NHL record 132 points, a record the Capitals could catch with 20 wins in their final 24 games.
“We only had two channels out in my little town of Dauphin (Manitoba),” Trotz said.
“We’re having a special season and we’ll play it out. It will be a special season, no matter what. The regular season is a marathon, it’s hard. There are so many good teams And if you have a really good record or you win a Presidents’ Trophy it is a good statement on your organization and your team and the value your players put in night in and night out.
“You have to be lucky, you have to be good, you have to be competing every night. Once that’s over there’s a new marathon that starts. We’re going to play as hard as we can until the end of the season and then we’re going to play into the playoffs.”
In the playoffs, Trotz said your back to zero.
“All it means is that we’re meant to be here and we’re entitled to nothing when it gets to the post-season.”