PHILADELPHIA -- Washington Capitals
coach Dale Hunter
said forward Alexander Semin
will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game here against the Philadelphia Flyers
Semin did not practice Wednesday and skipped this morning's skate, which was an optional practice. Team captain Alex Ovechkin
and defenseman Dennis Wideman
also opted to skip the practice.
"He's still on maintenance right now," Hunter said.
Hunter said Semin would skate in the pre-game warm-ups, after which he'll decide if the forward will play or not.
If Semin does play, it looks like Joel Ward
will be a healthy scratch, although Hunter would not reveal what his lineup would look like.
Assuming Semin plays, here is what the Capitals likely will put on the ice tonight:
- Brooks Laich
- Troy Brouwer
- Keith Aucoin
- Alexander Semin
- Mathieu Perreault
- Mike Knuble
- Jay Beagle
- Jeff Halpern
- Dennis Wideman
- John Carlson
- Roman Hamrlik
Hunter wouldn't reveal who his starting goaltender would be, but it's likely Braden Holtby
will receive his second straight start. He stopped 30 of 33 shots in Monday's 5-3 win in Detroit. Michael Neuvirth will be the backup.
Ward and defensemen John Erskine
and Dmitry Orlov
likely will be healthy scratches.
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