(AP/Alex Brandon)

Defenseman John Erskine is “not quite ready” to return to the lineup, according to Coach Adam Oates and will miss a third consecutive game with an upper-body injury.

With Erskine still sidelined, the Capitals’ lineup for Wednesday’s tilt against the Rangers will remain exactly the same as it was for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, with Alex Urbom paired with John Carlson and Steve Oleksy and Nate Schmidt working together on the third pairing.

>> Alex Ovechkin was back on the ice for the morning skate after leaving Tuesday’s session early.

“Everything alright, like normal,” Ovechkin said, dismissing any concerns.

Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game:

Capitals
Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Laich-Grabovski-Brouwer
Chimera-Fehr-Ward
Erat-Beagle-Wilson

Alzner-Green
Urbom-Carlson
Schmidt-Oleksy

Holtby, Neuvirth.

Injuries: John Erskine (upper body), Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

Rangers
Brad Richards-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
Benoit Pouliot-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Justin Falk-John Moore.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start.

Injuries: Rick Nash (concussion symptoms), Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Michael Del Zotto (flu).