Bruce Boudreau said winger Alexander Semin will be a “game-time decision” for tonight’s game against Florida, and defenseman Tom Poti will not play in the remaining two games of the regular season.
Semin did not travel with the team for Tuesday night’s game in Toronto after Boudreau said he was dealing with “injuries from the past,” but the winger was one of 12 players who participated in the Caps’ optional skate this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Semin did not speak to reporters afterward and Boudreau did not elaborate further on his status.
Poti (groin) has not played in a game since Jan. 12 against Tampa Bay, but skated hard for about 40 minutes with an assistant coach this morning before the regularly-scheduled skate.
A reporter asked Boudreau if there is a chance Poti will play either tonight or on Saturday against the Panthers.
“No. I don’t think so,” Boudreau said. “He’s been out three, three-and-a-half months now, and I just don’t see it happening in the regular season.”
Boudreau said Poti still could play in the postseason if the team needs him, even after such a long layoff.
“He’ll be a guy,” Boudreau said. “It’s tough to put him in when he hasn’t played, but if it comes down to it in the playoffs when we need him, he’s going to have to rely on his experience until he gets game ready.”
Other news and notes:
--Boudreau said defenseman Tyler Sloan is “probably going to be in” the lineup tonight against Florida.
Sloan said he is playing, but after a few seconds offered the caveat, “unless I hear otherwise.”
--Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was first off the ice this morning, but he said Semyon Varlamov will start tonight against the Panthers.
Varlamov is 1-1 in two previous starts against Florida this season, having played in a 3-0 loss on Dec. 9 and in a 3-2 win on Jan. 8.
--Earlier: Green won’t return tonight vs. Panthers