Washington held an optional skate the day after its 4-1 win against the Predators and most players elected to skip the on-ice session.

Mike Knuble, Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine, Tomas Vokoun, along with injured players Jay Beagle (concussion) and Mike Green (strained right groin muscle) took to the ice for drills and a workout with the coaching staff.

— This marks the third straight day that Green has skated since returning from a visit to a specialist last week about the groin injury that has caused him to miss the past 18 games. Green did not speak to reporters.

— Erskine was a healthy scratch against the Predators as Coach Dale Hunter wanted to get Jeff Schultz, who had sat out the past four games, back in a game. Schultz played 6 minutes and 1 second in 10 shifts against the Predators.

“Erskie, he’s a warrior, he plays hard, but Schultzie hasn’t played for a long time,” Hunter said. “We figure we’ll get him into a game and we’ll go from there and we’ll judge who plays in New Jersey on Friday. [Schultz] looked OK. When you’re not playing for three or four days you’re going to be a little rusty but he was OK.”