Both Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman skated in full pads again Tuesday morning, but only the veteran right wing remained on the ice for the regular Capitals practice. Wideman, who is recovering from a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome, went to the dressing room after about 15 minutes because he felt lightheaded, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
“Wides, his legs are feeling fine,” Boudreau said. “He was a little dizzy today so we [said] get off -- or lightheaded, not dizzy -- and so just to make sure he’s fine.”
Knuble, meanwhile, stayed on the ice for the main practice session but was not assigned a line for the drills. Knuble, who missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Rangers with a suspected right hand injury, admitted he’s not sure how close he is to a return but reiterated that he’s confident he will be back in the lineup this postseason.
“I’ve been skating every day, just trying to keep my legs up and stuff,” Knuble said. “I’m encouraged by the way things are going and you just do your best to stay with the group and keep up with the pace of play so when you do come back it’s not a huge adjustment.
“There’s a fine line between coming back and helping and coming back and hurting a team,” Knuble continued. “That’s my main concern, is that you wanna come back and you don’t wanna have to worry about contributing all the time, but just not hindering what’s going on.”
--Alexander Semin was the only other player not at practice this morning. Boudreau said the Russian winger was sick and told to stay home.
“He’s fine. He had a little bit of the flu so we just said ‘listen, stay at home,’” Boudreau said. “We still got Wednesday, Thursday, minimum -- practices probably Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. We don’t know when we’re starting yet.”