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Capitals' Gleason probable for Game 3 vs. Rangers

by Katie Brown

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Tim Gleason is probable to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Monday at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

"We'll make that determination in warmup but I would say he's a probable," Trotz said. "That is just on an emergency basis based on making sure that we're good to go rather than take that chance."

Gleason took a maintenance day Sunday and missed part of Washington's practice. Trotz called it precautionary, and Trotz and Gleason said there was an issue that needed to be checked out by a doctor, but that everything was fine. Gleason participated in the Capitals' optional morning skate Monday.

Washington recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Sunday as a precaution in case Gleason would not be available for Game 3. Schmidt has 10 points in 68 career NHL games, all with the Capitals.

Schmidt will be out for the pregame warm-up Monday but likely will not play.

"Obviously we're doing it for emergency purposes, but it serves two purposes," Trotz said. "Right now if someone were to go down, [Schmidt] would be the natural recall from Hershey if we don't go to the [Dmitry] Orlov route."

Orlov has been ready to play for several weeks after missing the entire regular season while recovering from wrist surgery. Since he hadn't played all season Trotz has been reluctant to insert him in the lineup during the playoffs. He did, though, say Orlov could be called upon if necessary.

The Bears are beginning the second round of AHL playoffs against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday and Trotz said the plan is to help Schmidt get a feel for things in case Washington did experience an injury in the future.

"He gets a chance to get in the flow a little bit and recognize that he could very easily go from a Game 2 or Game 3 in the American league series to a Game 7 [in the Stanley Cup Playoffs] that quickly," Trotz said. "Those are things that we're trying to prepare him for, if that were the case."

Here are the projected lineups:


Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Jesper Fast

Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - J.T. Miller

James Sheppard- Dominic Moore- Tanner Glass

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Kevin Klein

Keith Yandle - Dan Boyle

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Ryan Bourque, Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers

Injured: Mats Zuccarello (upper body)


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Joel Ward

Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jason Chimera

Andre Burakovsky - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer

Curtis Glencross - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner

Mike Green - Tim Gleason

Braden Holtby

Justin Peters

Scratched: Michael Latta, Nate Schmidt

Injured: Eric Fehr (upper body), John Erskine (neck surgery), Dmitry Orlov (wrist)

Status report: Fehr participated in the optional morning skate and put in extra work afterward. There still is no timetable for his return but Trotz said there is a chance Fehr could be ready to play at some point during the second round.

Who's hot: Ovechkin has a goal in the first two games of the series and has eight points in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games. … Backstrom has seven points in nine playoff games.

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