The Washington Times - October 21, 2009, 10:56AM

Alexander Semin is not on the ice for the second time in three days. Bruce Boudreau said he was missing on Monday because he was sick, but he practiced yesterday.

Boyd Gordon is also missing this morning. If Gordon can’t play, either Michael Nylander would have to play or the Caps will have to recall someone (Keith Aucoin would be a favorite). If Semin can’t go, then it is possible two forwards will be recalled.


Here’s how they look on the ice:









UPDATE: Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Semin is “touch and go” for tomorrow’s game because of an illness and Boyd Gordon is out but will travel with the team.

Boudreau said Michael Nylander will not play in place of either of them, and the Caps will recall two forwards from Hershey if necessary.

The coach also said Jose Theodore is “ready to go” after missing Saturday’s game with a back injury. He didn’t commit to a starter in net for tomorrow night, but Theodore will at least be on the bench as the backup if he isn’t starting.

Boudreau also said defenseman John Erskine will be travelling with the team, but did not say if the rugged defenseman would return from a hand injury tomorrow or not.