NEW YORK | After Eric Fehr skated on a line with Marcus Johansson and Brooks Laich Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, he was coy about playing in Game 4 Wednesday night. But after the morning skate at Madison Square Garden, Fehr talked and smiled like a guy ready to get into a playoff game.
“It’ll be great. Playoff hockey is what you play the whole season for. I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Fehr said. “It’s been tough to watch. You wanna be a part of it all, and tonight I’ll have a good opportunity, hopefully, to pick up where the third line left off.”
Fehr needed an injury to Mike Knuble to get back into the lineup to carve out a spot. Jason Chimera appears likely to slide onto the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
The 25-year-old wing has been able to see the game develop from off the ice but knows the adjustment to playoff hockey won’t happen instantly.
“Just try to keep my feet moving, keep up with the pace,” Fehr said. “It’s pretty quick out there, and the first couple shifts you kinda just get a feel for things – maybe give a hit, take a hit and try to get into the game as early as possible.”
It helps that this has been a physical series then. But where Fehr could have a big impact is on the power play replacing Knuble. Fehr has tried to learn from the 38-year-old about standing in front and creating traffic and will try to use that vs. the Rangers in Game 4.
“I like being in front of the net,” he said. “I like working around all the bodies looking for pucks, and that’s what I like to do.”
This is Fehr’s chance to do it.