Semin out vs. Ottawa

Semin out vs. Ottawa
December 3, 2011, 4:49 pm
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Capitals right wing Alex Semin will miss Saturday nights game against the Ottawa Senators with what coach Dale Hunter is calling an upper body injury.

Semin is believed to be suffering from a shoulder injury that is not considered serious. He took a hit into the boards from Jordan Staal in the Capitals 2-1 loss to the Penguins Thursday night.

With Semin out of the lineup, Cody Eakin is expected to play on the left side of a second line with center Marcus Johansson and right wing Mike Knuble.

Mathieu Perreault is expected to return to the lineup on a fourth line with Matt Hendricks and Jeff Halpern.

Meanwhile, right wing Jay Beagle returned to the ice, albeit after practice, for some light skating. Beagle suffered a concussion in an Oct. 13 fight with Penguins forward Arron Asham. He tried skating three weeks ago but experienced dizziness.

Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich will be playing in their 500th NHL game against the Senators.

Only seven other players in NHL history (Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Jari Kurri, Teemu Selanne and Pavel Bure) scored more goals in their first 500 games than Ovechkins 309.

His 632 points are the second-most in a players first 500 NHL games among active players, behind Selannes total of 665.

Laich will be facing the same team he made his NHL debut with on Feb. 3, 2004. Laich
played in one game for the Ottawa Senators in 2004 after being drafted by the Senators in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Laich was traded to Washington with Ottawa's second-round choice in 2005 for Peter Bondra on Feb. 18, 2004.