NEW YORK | Saturday morning, Mike Knuble didn’t know. For most of his three seasons with the Washington Capitals, the veteran right wing was a mainstay in the lineup and often on the first line, but after a healthy scratch Thursday, he wasn’t sure if he’d play Sunday at the New York Rangers.
“Just show up and find out,” he said.
Knuble apparently showed up and found out he was not in the lineup, as the 39-year-old was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. For the ultra-competitive Knuble, this is not easy.
“It is kind of where we’re at and day-to-day. You just go out and you practice hard be a good teammate for your teammates and stuff,” he said Saturday. “Just kind of how it’s going to go.”
Tomas Vokoun is set to start in goal, opposite Henrik Lundqvist.
Knuble’s brother Steve watches every game with a keen eye, and he admitted Thursday night was a little different, and not in a good way.
“Everybody wants to wrap up like Mark Recchi and win it as a hero and a Stanley Cup. He’s been fortunate to be around long enough and not have to bounce around at the end of his career,” Steve Knuble said. “Some guys every year they’re somewhere.”