The Washington Times - December 3, 2011, 10:12AM

As the Washington Capitals went through their line rushes at Saturday’s morning skate, one thing seemed to jump out: Alexander Semin not taking part.

Semin won’t play Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators with what a league source confirmed was a right shoulder injury.


Dale Hunter explained Semin was out because of an upper-body injury and listed him as day-to-day.

Semin was flexing his right shoulder earlier in the day and was not taking shots at the morning skate.

Semin’s injury is not believed to be a long-term concern, according to Hunter. Semin took a charge from Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal on Thursday night, but it’s not certain if that’s what caused this injury. Staal definitely hit Semin into the boards, but it was a penalty because he got the Caps winger up high.

“I think when anybody ever sits out if it’s injury or not, it’s a good opportunity to watch the game,” assistant coach Dean Evason said. “It’s always a lot easier from up top to evaluate and hopefully come back fresh to play hard the next night.”

The Caps’ next game is Monday night at the Florida Panthers.