Alexander Semin played just 8:14 (8:25 officially) on Friday night in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in Newark. But when the team had a very optional skate Saturday morning back at Kettler, Semin was on the ice.
The Russian winger who didn’t play the final 32 minutes after getting benched was joined by Jeff Schultz and Mathieu Perreault, who were healthy scratches Friday; Cody Eakin, who didn’t play at all in the third period, and goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who served as the backup.
“Yeah. It’s good,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’ll see how it works out tonight.”
Asked if he had to talk to Semin, Boudreau alluded to the idea that the benching was self-explanatory.
“I don’t think I have to say too much to him,” Boudreau said. “He knows he’s playing tonight. We’ll just see how tonight unfolds.”
So pencil Semin into the lineup Saturday night. How long he’s on the ice remains to be seen.