Coach Bruce Boudreau said during the Caps' optional morning skate Saturday that Mike Knuble will "be out for a couple days," but the team won't recall anybody from Hershey to replace him.
The veteran winger took a puck to his face during the second period of the Caps' 5-0 loss in Atlanta on Friday night and did not return to the game, but it looks like he avoided a significant injury.
"It's not anywhere near as serious as we thought," Boudreau said.
Boyd Gordon was among the first Caps off the ice at the end of Saturday's skate, and he will likely be the player to replace Knuble in the lineup tonight when the Caps host Philadelphia at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.
Gordon has no goals and three assists in 11 games so far this season.
D.J. King and Tom Poti were the only skaters to participate in the scratches' skate with Braden Holtby and the assistant coaches.
Here are a few more notes from Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington:
-- In one of the more obvious developments of the day, Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice Saturday morning and he will likely start in net against the Flyers. Boudreau tried to give the 22-year-old netminder a night off Friday, but had to pull Holtby after the rookie allowed three goals in the first 9:07 of the first period. Holtby was the second player on the ice Saturday morning after only Poti, and he signed a few autographs for fans before getting some work in with goaltender coach Arturs Irbe.
-- Tomas Fleischmann played on the wing Friday night after he started the season at center and was a healthy scratch in the Caps' previous game Wednesday night in Buffalo. It sounds like Boudreau aims to keep him there. "He's a natural winger," Boudreau said. "I think that's where he belongs."
-- In addition to Knuble, the Caps who opted not to participate in the optional skate Saturday morning were Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Matt Bradley and David Steckel. Ovechkin and Semin were lingering in the Caps' locker room in street clothes after the skate.