Jeff Schultz exited the Washington Capitals’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins after three games as Dale Hunter inserted John Erskine for some more toughness. But it looks like Schultz will be back in the Caps’ lineup for Game 7 on Wednesday night, as he was paired with Dennis Wideman for Tuesday’s practice before the team left for Boston.
“I don’t really know. It’s a chance for me to get back in,” Schultz said. “It’s kind of all or nothing and go out there and play.”
Coach Dale Hunter wouldn’t confirm Schultz playing or Erskine being out, saying he and his coaching staff had yet to make a decision.
“They’re both veterans, who you put in, so it’s one of those things, they’ve been through, both of them have been through it so it’s just a matter of us sitting down to find out who we’re going to play,” Hunter said.
Erskine has one assists in the series and a minus-1 rating. He played just over eight minutes in Game 6.
Schultz and Wideman were on the ice for four of the Bruins’ six goals in Games 1 through 3. Wideman has been on the ice for eight of Boston’s 12 even-strength goals over the course of the series.
And though Erskine skated alongside Dmitry Orlov in practice, don’t expect Hunter, who played Wideman 24:20 in Game 5, to take the 29-year-old All-Star out of the lineup to insert a 20-year-old rookie.