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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Jeff Schultz misses morning skate with illness

Defenseman Jeff Schultz missed the Capitals’ skate Tuesday morning with an illness, according to a team spokesman.

He was the only player aside from those out with a long term injury — Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia) -- that did not take part in the session.

Schultz has been a healthy scratch in 18 of the past 20 games and it’s apparent he’s fallen out of favor with the coaching staff.

He’s appeared in only six of the 25 games under Coach Dale Hunter but while Schultz has made it clear he simply wants to play the defenseman said earlier this month that he has not requested a trade.

The Capitals did not do line rushes this morning so it’s tough to tell what the exact configuration of the forwards will be against the Bruins tonight at Verizon Center.

On Monday, Washington appeared to have a contingency plan in place of a top line featuring Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault and Alexander Semin prior to the announcement of Alex Ovechkin’s three-game suspension.

In other news, Tomas Vokoun appears to have gotten the nod in net tonight and will face the Bruins.

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