A few quick notes from the Capitals’ morning skate at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia:
— Jay Beagle, Michal Neuvirth and John Erskine all did not make the trip with the rest of the team.
As mentioned earlier, Beagle has now missed six consecutive practice days since being knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham, but when asked if he had a concussion Coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters to “infer whatever you want to infer”.
Meanwhile, Neuvirth will likely miss a fourth consecutive game with a bruised right foot and Erskine is still waiting to be cleared for contact after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in May.
— Everyone else, including Alex Ovechkin who took Wednesday’s practice off with “bumps and bruises”, did take part in the morning skate. Lines will likely be the same as they were against Florida earlier this week.
That includes a fourth line that features Mathieu Perreault between Matt Hendricks and Jeff Halpern, given that all three of them came off the ice with the rest of the players expected to start while D.J. King stayed out for extra work with the assistant coaches and backup Dany Sabourin.
— King’s absence likely won’t leave an imbalance between the two teams. Despite the conclusion of Jody Shelley’s suspension (five preseason and five regular season games) it does not appear the Flyers’ tough guy will be in the mix tonight. But top prospect Brayden Schenn should make his Flyers debut against the Capitals after being recalled Wednesday.