July 9, 2020

Caps Morning Skate: Green returns; Semin out

Coach Dale Hunter said after practice this morning that defenseman Mike Green will indeed dress for the first time since Nov. 11, a stretch of 29 games, against the Calgary Flames at Verizon Center tonight.  Green was limited to 49 games last season with a variety of injuries.  Hunter also said the team will dress seven defensemen, leading to thoughts that in his first game back, at least, Green will be used as an offensive-zone specialist and on the power play, to minimize the potential to aggravate any injury and ease him back into the lineup.

The other roster decision from this morning revolves around winger Alexander Semin, who is listed as day-to-day with an unannounced upper body injury.  Reports over the weekend indicated Semin incurred a cut on his arm in the game against Columbus New Year’s Eve.  Semin practiced briefly today before leaving the ice ahead of his teammates.

Tomas Vokoun was the first goalie off the ice at practice and should start in goal for the Capitals.  Vokoun has started in net for the Caps last three games — all wins — allowing just four goals over that span.

It appears Jeff Schultz and Mathieu Perreault will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game against Calgary.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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