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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Tomas Vokoun to start against Flyers; Matt Hendricks, Jeff Schultz likely scratches

Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the ice at KCI and will get the nod as the Capitals host the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center.

The 35-year-old Czech started the teams’ first meeting of the season back on Oct. 20 when he made 40 saves in the Capitals’ 5-2 win in Philadelphia.

— It appears as though Matt Hendricks will miss a third straight game with an injured right knee. The fourth-line winger took part in extra work, typical of scratches, this morning along with defenseman Jeff Schultz, who was a healthy scratch on Dec. 9 against Toronto.

Coach Dale Hunter confirmed that Hendricks’ injury is the reason he is out of the lineup against the Flyers.

“He’s still day-to-day. He had a good skate today but we’ll see how he is tomorrow,” said Hunter, who added that Hendricks will travel with the team to Winnipeg and Denver.

— Mike Green, who is out of town visiting a specialist about the strained right groin muscle that has held him out of the lineup for 14 consecutive games, was the only player not on the ice for the morning skate.

— Jay Beagle was out on the ice during the morning skate once again making it five consecutive practice days that the winger has worked out on the ice. Beagle has not played since sufferring a concussion on Oct. 13 when he was knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham.

— The Capitals skated with the same lines that they used each of the past two games on Tuesday morning. If it ain’t broke...

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