did not practice Wednesday for the Washington Capitals
, but coach Dale Hunter
told reporters that he is expected to play Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers
A team spokesman deemed Semin's absence a "maintenance day." Washington did not practice Tuesday, so Semin has not skated for two days.
Hunter did not name a goaltender for the team's contest Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. Tomas Vokoun
has not dressed for the past two games because of a nagging lower-body injury and did not skate Wednesday. Michal Neuvirth
started in a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday, while Braden Holtby
earned the nod in a 5-3 victory Monday against Detroit.
Top center Nicklas Backstrom
also skated before practice, according to reports, as he continues his recovery from a concussion that has kept him out of the team's past 35 games.
The Capitals hold a two-point lead on Buffalo and a four-point advantage on Winnipeg for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. A win Thursday against the Flyers would move Washington within two points of seventh-place Ottawa with eight games to play.