Capitals’ morning skate underway in Philadelphia

Washington’s optional morning skate is underway at Wells Fargo Center ahead of tonight’s tilt against the Flyers and three players have elected to not take part in the session.

Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman aren’t on the ice for the morning skate. This is the second straight practice Semin has missed but on Wednesday Coach Dale Hunter said he expected the Russian winger to face the Flyers.

Given the absences from the skate it’s tough to gauge what the line combinations will be, but check back once the players are off the ice for more updates on the prospective lineup against Philadelphia.

One thing is clear, though, as Ilya Bryzgalov, who is 8-1-1 in his past 10 starts, will get the nod for the Flyers. That recent hot streak for Bryzgalov includes his 34-save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Capitals at Verizon Center on March 4.

— Tomas Vokoun, who has been sidelined by a strained groin muscle, stepped on the ice roughly 10 minutes into the morning skate and appeared to be testing his injury. This is the first time the veteran netminder has been on the ice since Monday in Detroit, where he was on the ice for only a few moments before deciding he didn’t feel well enough to skate.

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