It’s another biggest game of the season for the Washington Capitals for Game 4 against the Boston Bruins, trailing two games to one.
Yet Thursday’s morning skate was still optional, and Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin elected not to participate. There’s no reason to believe they won’t play.
The Caps did not do line rushes, though they could be the same as Wednesday (listed below). Michal Neuvirth was not on the ice to start the morning skate.
John Erskine is likely to be in the lineup in place of Jeff Schultz, and Mike Knuble in for the suspended Nicklas Backstrom.
Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer
Mike Knuble - Keith Aucoin - Joel Ward