The Washington Times - October 2, 2011, 03:26PM

This has been a preseason of palatable precaution. Anytime a Capitals player felt any kind of “tightness” or pain, the order was simple: Get off the ice.

That happened Saturday when Matt Hendricks left practice in some obvious pain. He’s not in the lineup Sunday against the Blackhawks, replaced by D.J. King.


“As soon as he went off, he was scratched from the lineup,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Like I’ve said, anybody that’s a little bit injured isn’t playing.”

Boudreau noted that he hadn’t seen Hendricks Sunday but added, “according to his text, he’s doing fine.”

With the Caps opening the season in six days, is there any reason to be concerned that Hendricks could miss a regular-season game?

“Not at this point,” Boudreau said.


Jeff Halpern’s absence against Chicago is just a day off, Boudreau confirmed. Mathieu Perreault returned after missing Friday night’s game vs. the Sabres.