Alexander Semin was on the ice for the Capitals’ morning skate at KCI but when the team skated line rushes, he was not a part of them.
Typically, the uninvolved player in line rushes will not be in the mix for the ensuing game, but it may be too early to tell if Semin will be scratched for tonight’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators.
The line rushes this morning looked like this:
But as the morning skate wrapped up, Semin was at one end of the ice taking part in one-on-one battle drills with assistant coach Jim Johnson while Mathieu Perreault and Cody Eakin took shots at Tomas Vokoun, the expected backup tonight, at the other.
All three players came off the ice at the same time and all three attended the team meeting. So infer whatever you want to infer, but it appears as though we may need to wait and see who will be out among the forwards against Ottawa.
Semin was a healthy scratch once this season, when former coach Bruce Boudreau sat him back on Nov. 21 against Phoenix. The Russian winger has a team-high 32 penalty minutes and 16 minors, but has not been called for a penalty in either of Dale Hunter’s first two games at the helm.
Semin played only 12 minutes and 45 seconds against the Penguins on Thursday, however, and saw just 14:37 of ice time in the prior contest against St. Louis. His average ice time per game this season is 16:09.
In other lineup notes, Roman Hamrlik did not take part in the morning skate and it doesn’t seem likely that he will be in the mix against the Senators.
The veteran defenseman missed the game against Pittsburgh Thursday as well as Friday’s practice with an undisclosed lower body injury.