Knuble misses second straight Caps practice

Knuble misses second straight Caps practice
April 19, 2011, 5:18 pm
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 1:15 p.m.
By Mark ZuckermanStaff Writer
CSNwashington.com

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Mike Knuble missed his second straight practice Tuesday morning, though Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects the veteran winger to play Game 4 of Washington's first-round playoff series against the Rangers Wednesday night in New York.

"That's why you have a maintenance day," Boudreau said following a practice session at Kettler Capitals Iceplex that featured every healthy player on the ice except for Knuble.

Knuble also sat out Monday's optional skate after appearing to take a shot from teammate Mike Green off his right hand during the third period of Sunday's 3-2 loss at Madison Square Garden. Knuble actually wound up scoring himself seconds later, but quickly took his right glove off and looked at his hand as though something had happened.

The 38-year-old right winger is the oldest player on the Capitals' playoff roster, but he's become an invaluable member of the team's first line as well as a veteran leader in the locker room.

With Knuble off the ice Tuesday morning, Jason Chimera was bumped up to first-line right winger, skating alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Eric Fehr, who hasn't been active for the first three games of this series, took Chimera's spot on the third line.

Asked if Fehr could play in Game 4, Boudreau replied: "He's coming on the trip, so there's a chance."