ARLINGTON, Va. – The big news of the day was obviously the Capitals’ announcement that Alex Ovechkin would miss seven to 10 days with a “nagging” injury. But he’s not the only player who will miss Tuesday night’s game in Philadelphia.
Mike Green is most likely out, as the All-Star defenseman didn’t skate Monday at the team’s practice facility and coach Bruce Boudreau said there was no update on him.
The Caps have already ruled out Jason Arnott, whom The Post reported has a groin injury, citing sources. Lower-body injury certainly seems likely given Boudreau’s comments Monday.
“He skated this morning and he felt good,” the coach said. “It was a positive sign.”
As for who could play, there’s Eric Fehr, who’s officially listed as questionable.
“I’ll see how I feel [Tuesday] and make a decision [Tuesday],” Fehr said. “Take the skate and let the coaches decide, let the trainers decide what they wanna do.”
Fehr seems the closest of any of the Caps’ walking wounded to getting back in the lineup.
“Eric is looking better, so I mean he’s day-to-day right now,” Boudreau said. “He’s questionable for [Tuesday]. But I’ll venture to say that he’s gonna play on this trip of some sort.”
After the Flyers, the Caps come back to Washington (well, Arlington) before going to Ottawa to play there Friday and then at Montreal on Saturday.
Defenseman John Erskine who had been battling the flu said he’d play.
Boudreau said he’d wait until Tuesday to announce a starting goalie, but indications were it would be Michal Neuvirth. Reports in Philadelphia are that Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the Flyers.