The Washington Times - October 6, 2011, 10:59AM

Dennis Wideman isn’t worried. The veteran Capitals defenseman missed practice Thursday, but and coach Bruce Boudreau downplayed it.

Wideman said that it was a maintenance day and “nothing serious.” Given his leg hematoma and compartment syndrome suffered late last season, there appears reason for concern every time Wideman is hurt.

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“It’s not his leg that was bothering him,” Boudreau said. “So that’s fine.”

Wideman had a charley horse in a preseason game against the Blue Jackets but told reporters it was his left leg, not the right one, which was injured in an awkward collision with Tuomo Ruutu last March.

The Caps did not recall another defenseman Thursday, which seems to speak to a level of confidence about Wideman’s status.

“He’s fine. He’ll play Saturday,” Boudreau said. “But it was like the whole thing through training camp. We’ve said that if a guy needs a day off because he’s a little sore one way or the other, then we’re going to give him the day off.