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Barring other roster moves, Knuble will play Friday night at the Florida Panthers, but that’s far from a certainty.

“Between here and Friday, you don’t know. If it is, it’s a chance to play and it’s a chance to try and stick in there. It’s always a great opportunity to play,” Knuble said. “The ball’s in your court after a while, you know? Until you get a chance to play, maybe. Who knows what’s going to happen between now and Friday. I mean that’s the way you have to look at it — just be prepared either way.”

Ice chips

Associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig was on the ice for Wednesday’s practice, spending time afterward working with Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth. “Simple goalie drills. Nothing special. Just focusing on the little things and trying to get myself better,” Neuvirth said. … Hunter said Wednesday afternoon that no decision had been made yet about recalling another forward for the upcoming four-game road trip, but that seems likely given that the Caps have just 12 healthy ones on the roster.