The Washington Times - November 4, 2011, 01:29PM

RALEIGH, N.C. | Troy Brouwer, as expected, got on the plane with the Capitals to Raleigh and, as expected, he skated Friday morning.

Brouwer, who appeared to injure his right shoulder Tuesday night, said he felt good and that it wasn’t to the same part that he had surgery on.


“It’s not an issue as far as whether or not the surgery held up or whether or not the shoulder’s good to go,” the 26-year-old right wing said. “It’s a completely separate area, and I feel it’s ready to go.”

But whether Brouwer is in the Caps’ lineup Friday night at the Carolina Hurricanes remains a mystery. He said he’s ready but deferred to Bruce Boudreau, who noted during the morning that he hadn’t yet made a decision. The coach deferred to trainer Greg Smith.

“I mean it’s not the same injury,” Boudreau said. “Greg Smith will give me direction on all of these things.”

Brouwer made it clear that he was on the same page as Boudreau and Smith

“It’s going to be a decision later on today with Bruce and his coaches and me and we’ll figure it out. I feel I’m ready to go and I have no doubts, no worries that I’ll get injured further. I’m ready and want to play,” he said. “For me, if they’ve given me every indication that I can play, I feel that I’m good. I want to play, but at the end of the day, it’s Bruce’s decision. He’ll make the decision that he thinks is best for the team.”

Brouwer called the shove from Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman a “tough hockey play” and appeared to be in pain. But he was never worried that he aggravated his previous right shoulder injury that required an operation in May.

“No, because it wasn’t anything like the same feeling that it felt like when it actually happened last year,” Brouwer said.