As the morning skate wrapped up, who will be in the Capitals’ lineup Monday night as they look to bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season remained unclear.
“We haven’t seen the lineup yet,” Karl Alzner said. “It said on the board earlier just be ready to play. We don’t really know what’s going on.”
Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Dennis Wideman and Joel Ward all took the option not to take part in the morning skate. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects Ward, who left Sunday’s practice because he was ill, to be ready to face Phoenix and John Erskine will be a game-time decision after getting bumped on his shoulder.
Semin, who skated as part of the fourth line Sunday, could be one of several options to serve as a healthy scratch if Ward is able to play. If Ward is still under the weather, it’s likely Semin and Mathieu Perreault, who was a healthy scratch in six of the last eight games, will both be in the lineup.
--Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and he will get the start against the Coyotes. Boudreau said that his decision to pull Vokoun against Toronto wasn’t a reflection on the goaltender’s performance.
“I told him, I said ‘Tomas it wasn’t you. I needed to make a change just to see if it would spark anything,’” Boudreau said. “That’s why he’s going back in today.”
--Neither Jay Beagle (concussion) nor Mike Green (strained right groin muscle) skated on Monday. Boudreau maintains that Green hopes to be skating by the end of the week and the coach said that Beagle suffered a set back last week.
“I talked to [Beagle] today for awhile,” Boudreau said. “He’s feeling really good the last three or four days. Last week he had a little bit of a setback so he had to sort of start a little bit over.”