Dennis Wideman did not take part in the Capitals’ morning skate at KCI Saturday, but Coach Bruce Boudreau said the defenseman is “okay” and simply took the option not to participate.

Boudreau confirmed when he spoke with media at Verizon Center this evening that Wideman is expected to be in the lineup when the puck drops against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m.

Morning skates are traditionally optional, but before the opener only Wideman and Jeff Halpern, who did not partake in observation of Yom Kippur, were absent.