Here are a few additional notes from this morning’s skate at KCI:
*The Capitals’ top prospect, forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury late in his team’s KHL game today in Russia. More on that coming soon from Slava Malamud.
Capitals GM George McPhee has no plans to address the matter, according to a team spokesman.
*The Capitals have spent the past two days working on the power play, which is 2 for 21 over the past six games. For the season, the unit ranks 14th with a 17.6-percent success rate.
“We can’t give up scoring chances” against, Coach Dale Hunter said. “They’re really challenging at the blue line, so we have to get it in deep and get shots through because they have two guys up high. So we definitely we have to get more shots and more traffic in front.”
*It looks like veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game tonight. Hamrlik stayed on the ice with John Erskine, who, presumably, would be the other defenseman scratched tonight.
“He’s just waiting his time, just like [Jeff Schultz] waited his time,” Hunter said of Hamrlik. “Then it’s what you do when you get in.”
*It’s unclear which forward will come out of the lineup so that Alex Ovechkin can return. Because the morning skate was an optional, it’s difficult to say what the lines will look like.
*Asked if Ovechkin would have played tonight if the Capitals had a 10-point lead in the Southeast Division, Hunter confirmed that his captain would have suited up.