At 6 feet 4, 220 pounds, Capitals defenseman John Erskine is two inches shorter and 10 pounds lighter than teammate Jeff Schultz.
It looks like a one-game punishment for Nicklas Backstrom will turn into a one-game opportunity for Mathieu Perreault and Mike Knuble.
BOSTON Braden Holtby needed to be perfect, and on Thursday night he was one shot short of perfection.
It must be playoff time.
As the Capitals prepared for their biggest game of the season Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, more encouraging news came out of the trainers room.