Veteran Roman Hamrlik will be the healthy scratch among the Capitals’ defensemen as they host the Penguins on Thursday night at Verizon Center.

Hamrlik, 37, has a team-worst minus-10 rating along with one point (a goal) and 18 penalty minutes. Hamrlik is in the first year of a two-year, $7 million contract with the Capitals.

“It’s feeling,” Hunter said. “It’s one of those things that we just decided as a coaching staff.”

That means Jeff Schultz, who was a healthy scratch in Hunter’s debut against St. Louis, will be in the lineup. During the morning skate, Schultz skated primarily with rookie Dmitry Orlov but we’ll know the pairings Hunter intends to start the game with after warmup.