Alexander Semin and Jay Beagle were the only players missing from the Capitals’ morning skate at Madison Square Garden Saturday morning as the team prepares for Game 7 against the Rangers.
Semin is expected to play tonight, Coach Dale Hunter said, adding that it was an optional morning session.
Conversely, it doesn’t appear that Beagle, who suffered an apparent injury to his right leg in Game 5 by blocking a shot, will be ready to suit up for the contest. Hunter wouldn’t rule Beagle out, but the center hasn’t skated in five days and it’s unclear whether he even made the trip to New York with the team.
The Capitals didn’t work through line rushes at the morning skate but the lineup will likely resemble what they used in Game 6 during Beagle’s absence.
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