TORONTO - When is a maintenance day more than just a maintenance day? When it requires a star player to miss a game, too.
That’s what’s happening with the Capitals’ Alexander Semin, who won’t play Tuesday night at the Maple Leafs and didn’t even make the trip. Coach Bruce Boudreau did imply that it was precautionary.
“He could play if we wanted him to play today, he could be playing,” Boudreau said at Air Canada Centre before the morning skate.
Read: Semin would be in the lineup if this were a playoff game.
Semin missed practice Monday, though he was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the morning.
“It was just a maintenance day for him. He’s still recovering from his injuries from the past, so it’s very similar to [Alex Ovechkin],” Boudreau said Monday. “He needs some time off sometimes, and today was one of those days.”
The coach said “there’s a chance” Semin would miss a game this week, and that came to fruition in Toronto. But with a surplus of healthy forwards, the Caps aren’t too worried.
“He’s obviously important to us, but we got good depth and other guys that can step in and get it done,” Boyd Gordon said. “You can never have too many good forwards.”
How long Semin will be out of the lineup remains to be seen.
“I hope he’s back [Wednesday night vs. Florida]. But if he’s not, then hopefully it’ll be Saturday,” Boudreau said. “If it’s not then, hopefully it’ll be the first game of the playoffs.”
With Semin out, Matt Hendricks returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Saturday vs. the Sabres. Boudreau has said on multiple occasions he wants to see Hendricks respond – and the forward will get his chance Tuesday night.
“I just need to bring that energy and do what I do – what makes me successful,” Hendricks said.