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A healthy scratch Saturday, Eric Fehr hopes to be back in Caps' lineup this week

Eric Fehr has just two goals and two assists in 10 games this season after posting career-highs in goals, assists and points last year.
Eric Fehr has just two goals and two assists in 10 games this season after posting career-highs in goals, assists and points last year. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

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By Greg Schimmel
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 1:41 AM

Bruce Boudreau made Eric Fehr a healthy scratch for the Washington Capitals' 7-2 win over Calgary on Saturday, and neither coach nor player was in much of a mood to talk about the decision Monday morning after the team's first practice since.

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"I haven't talked to anybody," Fehr said. "If I get a jersey for the next game, I just have to work hard and produce for our team."

Fehr had been noticeably struggling before the benching, tallying just one assist in the Capitals' previous seven games. The right wing has just two goals and two assists in 10 games this season after he finished with a career-high 21 goals and 18 assists in 69 games last year.

Boudreau wouldn't specifically say why he sat Fehr, or what Fehr needs to do to get back in the lineup.

"That's between me and Eric," Boudreau said. "I'll talk to Eric about it."

Fehr was back skating with the third line next to Jason Chimera and Boyd Gordon during practice on Monday, and it could be that Saturday's night off was simply a one-night wake-up call.

Boudreau said the Capitals' depth at forward allows him to sit players out for a night when they aren't producing, and Fehr said this situation is all about how he responds.

"We have a lot of forwards," Boudreau said. "You can't always sit the same guys."

Poti 'questionable' for Wednesday

Tom Poti had a strong practice on Monday and Boudreau said the veteran defenseman is "questionable" for Washington's next game Wednesday against Toronto.

Poti missed the last four games, and seven of the last nine, with an undisclosed lower-body injury that kept him home during the Capitals' three-game road trip last week.

He participated in the entire practice on Monday except for wind sprints at the end of the session, and spent some time skating on the top defensive pair with Mike Green.

"He looked good," Green said. "I was talking to him and it seemed like he's getting better so hopefully he can play soon."


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