The Washington Times - November 4, 2011, 02:05PM

RALEIGH, N.C. | Troy Brouwer said he’s good to go. Twelve of the Capitals’ other healthy forwards left the ice in swift succession, leaving it certain that D.J. King would be a healthy scratch Friday night at the Carolina Hurricanes.

Now, the question is: Who else sits?

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If Brouwer’s right shoulder isn’t good enough to go, and coach Bruce Boudreau and trainer Greg Smith hold him out, it looks easy: The Caps can go back to lines used at Thursday’s practice, which included the “kid” line of Marcus Johansson centering Cody Eakin and Mathieu Perreault.

But if Brouwer plays, someone else doesn’t. Asked how he handles that situation, Boudreau was in no mood to be expansive or philosophical.

“I just take somebody out,” he said.

So … are there specific candidates?

“There’s 12 of them,” Boudreau said, before singling out Alex Ovechkin. “One’s not a candidate – No. 8’s not coming out. Just in case anybody wants to know. He’s playing tonight.”

There’s no indication of whom Boudreau would scratch, only hints from the past few weeks. Mike Knuble was dropped to the fourth line in Vancouver and then again this week in practices and against the Ducks. Jeff Halpern was a healthy scratch against Anaheim.

And Perreault has been a healthy scratch so far, too.

Boudreau said Wednesday Halpern would play Friday “and he’ll do great,” bu the 35-year-old former captain didn’t seem in a fantastic mood after the morning skate.

“You have no control over the decisions that are made,” he said. “You go out and try to do the job that’s asked of you, play hard every night and compete every night. You can’t control the process of what happens.”