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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Updates From the Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals were on ice this morning for their pre-game skate as they prepare to meet the Rangers tonight.  Some updates from Madison Square:

It looks as though veteran right winger Mike Knuble will be absent from the Caps' lineup tonight, a big blow to Washington.  Knuble did not skate, and though Bruce Boudreau would not divulge his official status, he has not skated in three days and the players spoke to the media afterwards like they are preparing to be without him.  He is believed to be suffering from a hand injury.
As a result, Jason Chimera will take his spot on the top line, while Eric Fehr will slide into the third line right wing role previously occupied by Chimera.  The other two units will remain the same; Jay Beagle, DJ King, Tyler Sloan, and Sean Collins will be healthy scratches.
Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Marco Sturm all took their options but are expected to play tonight. Michal Neuvirth will receive his fourth consecutive start in goal.

That's all for now.  Check back after the game.
Information from Katie Carrera was used in this post.

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