A day after Cody Eakin recorded his first NHL goal, the 20-year-old forward was out for extra work at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Saturday morning, which likely means he'll be scratched against the Islanders.
Typically, players who will not play in that night’s game take part in a lengthier morning skate and Eakin was on the ice with D.J. King and Mike Green, who is unlikely to face New York given that he hasn’t taken part in a full team practice since before suffering a twisted right ankle on Oct. 22.
The Capitals currently have 14 healthy forwards, creating something of a log jam every night and with the exception of King, who will see time sparingly, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he’s trying to keep everyone involved. Earlier this week, Jeff Halpern was scratched against Anaheim and Mathieu Perreault sat out Friday in Carolina. (Reporters spoke with Boudreau before players took to the ice.)
“It’s not an easy job, you just try to implement who you think is going to do the job that night. . . . We don’t like guys to sit for a long time for the most part,” said Boudreau, who wouldn’t go so far as to call it a rotation. “It’s like a day-to-day, game-to-game thing. I don’t want to look down the road too much. I know what we’re going to do to day but I don’t know what we’re going to do on Tuesday.”
Other quick notes from the Capitals’ morning skate in the second half of back-to-back games this weekend.
--Everything points to Tomas Vokoun getting the start against the Islanders, against whom the 35-year-old has a 14-5-1 record in his career with a .937 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average.
In the opposite net, Rick DiPietro gets the nod for New York.
--As is normal on the second day of back-to-back games, this morning’s skate was optional. Those who did elect to work out on the ice after team meetings were: Vokoun, Michal Neuvirth, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine, Perreault, Eakin, Green and King.