Eric Fehr has anxiously awaited an opportunity to get back in the Capitals’ lineup, and with Mike Knuble likely out at least tonight, it looks like his chance will come at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m.
Based on practice the last two days, Fehr may play on the third line with Brooks Laich and Marcus Johansson.
“It’s been tough to watch,” Fehr said. “You wanna be a part of it all, and tonight I’ll have a good opportunity, hopefully, to pick up where the third line left off.
“Just to continue doing what the guys were doing – forechecking hard, getting in on pucks and putting pucks towards the net,” Fehr said. “The guys have done a good job with that, and hopefully I can do the same.”
Fehr played in each of the final four regular-season games, but he had also been part of a healthy-scratch rotation. When the playoffs began, he was watching from the press box.
Even with the layoff, though, Fehr doesn’t think it will take much to get up to speed with the intensity of this playoff series. He may also help provide some of the net presence the Capitals will miss without Knuble in the lineup.
“Just try to keep my feet moving, keep up with the pace,” Fehr said when asked how he’d handle jumping into the middle of a playoff series. “It’s pretty quick out there, and the first couple shifts you kinda just get a feel for things – maybe give a hit, take a hit and try to get into the game as early as possible.”