The Washington Times - December 1, 2011, 05:17PM

The Washington Capitals have seven healthy defenseman, but the pick to sit Thursday night nevertheless came as a bit of a surprise.

Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coach Dale Hunter confirmed about two hours before game time.

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“It’s feeling,” Hunter said in explaining the move. “It’s one of those things that we just decide as a coaching staff.”

Hamrlik, 37, is in the first season of a two-year, $7 million contract. He has one goal, a minus-10 rating and 18 penalty minutes in 23 games.

Jeff Schultz is back in the lineup, replacing Hamrlik.