All of the players who appeared in the series opener against Tampa Bay were out for the Capitals’ morning skate at KCI as was Mike Knuble, who has missed the last three contests with a suspected right hand injury.

Knuble left the ice early and did not take part in the scratches skate, which he did prior to Game 1, but it’s unclear if the veteran right wing will be available for Game 2 tonight at Verizon Center.

Asked if Knuble heading into the dressing room early carried and significance Coach Bruce Boudreau said players are free to leave the optional morning sessions and reiterated that he hoped the forward would be able to play by the end of the series.

As for whether Knuble would be available as the Capitals try to even up this Eastern Conference semifinal series in Game 2, Boudreau said, “I doubt it.”

In other practice participation news, fourth-line winger Matt Hendricks stayed out on the ice for approximately 20 minutes of extra work after those who are expected to play went off.

Hendricks, who has appeared in every game this postseason, took shots against Semyon Varlamov while the assistant coaches ran an extra workout session on the other end of the ice for the players recently recalled from Hershey, Dennis Wideman, Jay Beagle, D.J. King, Tyler Sloan and Tom Poti.