The Washington Times - December 11, 2009, 10:56AM

Mike Knuble, Matt Bradley and Mathieu Perreault all skated this morning and all are set to play tonight against Carolina. Brian Pothier and Semyon Varlamov did not skate.

Bruce Boudreau had said he hoped to have Varlamov skate today and play tomorrow, but CSN’s Lisa Hillary reported yesterday that Varlamov has been placed on IR, which means he’s ineligible to play until Tuesday in Denver.


Quintin Laing skated this morning with an NCAA-style mask on his helmet to protect his jaw.

Knuble will be wearing some extra padding on his pinky finger, but he said Wednesday morning in Buffalo that he was prepared to play through pain to get back.

Bradley said his wife and newborn son, Harry, are doing well but haven’t come from the hospital yet. Bradley’s wife was in labor for about 20 hours, which gave him plenty of time to fly home from Tampa.

Perreault said he feels a lot better after a bout with food poisoning.

“I think I’ll stay away from sushi for a while,” Perreault said.