The Washington Times - December 3, 2011, 10:25AM

The curious case of Roman Hamrlik took another step forward Saturday as the 37-year-old defenseman, deemed healthy and then day-to-day with a lower-body injury, was not on the ice for the Capitals’ morning skate.

Hamrlik has a lower-body injury, according to coach Dale Hunter on Friday. The coach was not sure if the defenseman would play Saturday night against the Senators.


Now it’s almost certain that he’ll be out. It would be no surprise if the Caps go back to the same defensive pairings, which would mean Karl Alzner with John Carlson, John Erskine with Dennis Wideman and Jeff Schultz with Dmitry Orlov.

Hamrlik was not made available to speak to reporters.

Here were the forward lines at the skate:

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Troy Brouwer

Cody Eakin – Marcus Johansson – Mike Knuble

Jason Chimera – Brooks Laich – Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Jeff Halpern

Alexander Semin came off the ice at the same time as Cody Eakin and Mathieu Perreault. He won’t play because of an upper-body injury, Hunter said.