The Washington Times - November 23, 2011, 10:47AM

Nicklas Backstrom didn’t want to let on about whether Alexander Semin was playing for the Capitals on Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets, two days after being a healthy scratch.

“Good try, though,” he said.

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Semin will be in the Caps’ lineup, judging from the morning skate. Mathieu Perreault is in, too. Joel Ward will be the scratched forward.

Semin was a healthy scratch Monday for the first time since his rookie year. He has 18 goals and 17 assists in 32 career games against the Jets/Thrashers.

Ward will be in the press box as a punishment for missing a team meeting.

“I basically slept in, missed a team meeting. So I’ve got to pay the consequences of not playing,” Ward said. “I understand it’s part of the team rules. It’s written. I just made a mistake of sleeping in.”

John Erskine, who suffered a left shoulder setback, will be the scratch on defense. That means Jeff Schultz is in the lineup again.

Tomas Vokoun will start in net for Washington.