Mike Knuble has missed games before – but this was a new kind of pain. And this isn’t about the injury that kept him out of Game 4 and has him listed as day-to-day.
It’s about Knuble having to sit at home and watch his Capitals teammates fall behind in a pressure Madison Square Garden atmosphere and then come all the way back to tie the score and beat the Rangers in double overtime on Wednesday night.
“It’s hard to sit out and hard to watch, especially last night to watch the ups and downs,” Knuble said Thursday afternoon. “Obviously I was as low as they felt last night and as high as they were after.”
Knuble was on the ice in full pads before the Caps’ optional morning skate Thursday along with injured defenseman Dennis Wideman. Both coach Bruce Boudreau and Knuble termed the 38-year-old “day-to-day.”
“I call myself day-to-day, so you gotta do your best to stay in shape and keep your conditioning or whatever,” Knuble said.
His status for Saturday’s Game 5 is uncertain.
“Right now it’s just day to day. We’ll see,” Boudreau said. “Every day is a different day and we’ll see how he is [Friday] and beyond.”
Knuble would not take his hands out of his sweatshirt pockets for the entirety of his interview. It’s believe that he hurt his hand in Sunday’s Game 3 in New York on a Mike Green shot.
There’s no official timetable for his return, but Knuble did say he’ll be back this postseason.