The Washington Times - March 23, 2012, 09:55AM

“The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Cody Eakin from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League,” an announcement that came for the fifth time this season on Friday.

What it means this time, though, is likely more about Alexander Semin, who hasn’t skated since Monday and missed Thursday night’s game with a lower-body injury.


Semin was officially called “day-to-day” by coach Dale Hunter, the nebulous injury status for just about every Caps player. The Russian winger not skating for the past three days is not a good sign, and Eakin’s recall is probably not a great one, either.

The Caps face the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, and players aren’t mincing words about the importance.

“[It’s] going to be big game for us – probably biggest game of the year,” captain Alex Ovechkin said.

Eakin’s recall could be for insurance or to take another forward out of the lineup, or it could mean another injury. What’s pretty likely is that Semin won’t play against the Jets.

Ultimately, we’ll find out the answers at warm-ups Friday night at Verizon Center.