John Druce, the Washington Capitals' co-leader in points, did not practice yesterday because he was having his right wrist examined by team physicians.

Coach Terry Murray still is anticipating that Druce will play tonight when the Capitals meet the Quebec Nordiques at 7:35 at Le Colisee in Quebec City. Druce, who shoots right-handed, apparently jammed the wrist in Saturday night's victory over the New York Islanders and the pain did not subside Sunday, a day off.

Murray said Druce told him that X-rays revealed no break, but that doctors were planning a bone scan. Druce did travel with the team yesterday afternoon to Quebec City and was expected to be able to play.

"He thought Stan {Wong, team trainer} could put some molded plastic on it" to support the wrist, allowing him to play, Murray said.

Druce and Kevin Hatcher share the team lead in points with 14.Waiting for the Call

Defenseman Joel Quenneville, aquired from Hartford Oct. 3, has played in two games. Unless there is an injury, it doesn't appear he will play again soon.

"I know he wants to play because all athletes want to get in and play," Murray said. "But the situation is that I'm pretty pleased with the six guys in the lineup now. I don't want to make a change for the sake of change in that area."

Alan May, who injured the middle knuckle on his left hand Oct. 20, said yesterday he could play tonight if he had to, but said he'll likely return Saturday. . . .

The Nordiques took defenseman Shawn Anderson from in the waiver draft, just 24 hours after the Capitals acquired him from Buffalo. Anderson has played in four games and the Nordiques yesterday sent him to Halifax on a 14-day conditioning assignment.