Welcome to the playoffs, where everyone is OK or day-to-day until further notice. That was again the mantra around Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday as Mike Green and Mike Knuble appeared OK, Dennis Wideman skated for about 15 minutes and Alexander Semin took a day off with the flu.
Knuble, who is suspected of having a hand injury, took part in the entire practice but was not assigned to the top line or any line. As far as a timetable, there is none.
“I don’t know. Again, it’s day to day,” Knuble said. “It’s a terrible answer, but it’s what I gotta say. It’s an awful answer, but I’m doing my best to rehab stuff and you do what you can and try to get it ready.”
Green, who took a Matt Gilroy shot to the head in Saturday’s Game 5, had a mark on his face but insisted he was all right. He too took part in the Capitals’ full practice and did not appear to have any ill-effects.
“You know what? I’m OK,” Green said. “So if you guys want to ask me about playoffs and the next round or how we’re preparing I’ll answer, but I’m OK.”
Unlike Knuble, Green isn’t day-to-day.
“He looked good out there today and he’s ready to play,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Wideman, who targeted the end of the week as a reasonable time to start practicing full-go with his teammates, skated with Knuble before practice and left the ice after about 15 minutes. Boudreau said the defenseman was a “little light-headed” and thus had to come off. There’s no word of when Wideman (leg hematoma and compartment syndrome) could return.
Semin was the only skater who missed practice, and Boudreau blamed illness.
“He had a little bit of the flu, so we just said, ‘Stay at home.’ We still got Wednesday, Thursday minimum practices – probably Wednesday, Thursday Friday – we don’t know when we’re starting yet,” the coach said.