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Caps recall Holtby, Schilling; Poti to AHL Hershey

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Loose Pucks,Sports,Brian McNally

The Capitals have recalled goalie Braden Holtby and defenseman Cameron Schilling from AHL Hershey and junior prospect Tom Wilson from OHL Playoff. Defenseman Tom Poti has been assigned to Hershey on a conditioning stint.

No surprise on the first two. Holtby and Schilling have been participating in informal workouts with the team all season. Poti, 35, has not played in an NHL game in two years thanks to a groin injury and fractured pelvis. The conditioning stint has not changed under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. It remains two weeks before the team will have a decision on its hands.

Poti passed his team physical, the first step towards resuming his NHL career. But making the team this week was always a “long shot”, according to general manager George McPhee. Poti was set to play for Hershey in its game on Sunday night.

“We just get him going quicker,” McPhee said when asked why Poti was sent down. ” To throw him in here and play an NHL game, he might not be ready for that. So this is why Hershey’s there – to not only develop players, but let other players go down and condition themselves and see how they are.”

Meanwhile, forward Brooks Laich was not on the ice for the first practice of the season as a brief training camp began on Sunday. He has been dealing with a suspected groin injury that initially cropped up while he was playing in Switzerland during the lockout. But TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported early Sunday morning that Laich is expected to miss the first week of the season. Including Laich, there are 15 forwards on the roster.

“If an outsider is just watching, and they don’t care what’s gone on in my life or what’s happened, they expect to see a result every day, and that’s sort of how I approach it,” Laich said. “And that’s why it’s disappointing I wasn’t on the ice today.”

Same goes for defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who has been out of the lineup at AHL Hershey since suffering an upper-body injury in a game on Dec. 6.

Old friend Eric Fehr was on the ice one day after signing with the Caps as a free agent. He’d previously played six seasons and 230 games in Washington before being traded to Winnipeg after the 2010-11 season. The team , however, has not made that signing official yet.

The lines today, for what they’re worth on the first day:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson (red)

Wolski-Ribeiro-Brouwer (gray)

Chimera-Beagle-Ward-Wilson (green)

Hendricks-Perreault-Fehr-Crabb (white)

And the defense pairings:

Alzner-Carlson

Hamrlik-Green

Schultz-Erskine

Hillen-Schilling

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