Looks Like Holtby Starts, Semin Out vs. FlyersPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Tonight’s game against the Flyers in Philly finishes off Washington’s season-long five-game road swing. It’s also the rubber match of the set; the Caps are 2-2 in the four games to date. Washington had three goaltenders on the ice at Thursday’s optional morning skate. Tomas Vokoun is still ailing from a lower body injury; he has not played since last Friday in Winnipeg and is working at getting back to game shape without having any setbacks. Michal Neuvirth started and lost 5-2 on Sunday in Chicago, but did not play nearly as poorly as the score would indicate. Braden Holtby was recalled from AHL Hershey over the weekend to spell the ailing Vokoun, and Holtby got the start on Monday as Washington earned its first win in the Motor City in more than eight years, a 5-3 triumph over the Red Wings. With another game looming on Friday in the District against Winnipeg, it looks like Holtby will get the call against the Flyers here tonight. From the looks of things, Dmitry Orlov will sit out a second straight game as a healthy scratch on the Washington blueline, joining John Erskine in the press box. Up front, we’re guessing forward Alexander Semin sits this one out, probably because of an ailment we don’t yet know about. Semin played on Monday in Detroit, even supplying the primary helper on Keith Aucoin’s game-winning goal late in the second period. But Semin skated just 12:54 on the night, and logged 3:10 on just four third-period shifts. He did not play at all in the game’s final 7:35. Along with the rest of his Washington teammates, Semin had Tuesday off. But he did not skate with the Caps at Wednesday’s practice in Arlington, and did not take the ice for Thursday’s morning skate in Philadelphia. Caps coach Dale Hunter said Semin’s presence in tonight’s lineup would be a game-time decision, but it’s highly unlikely he even takes warm-ups after having been idle since Monday. That also likely means Joel Ward will be back in the lineup after a one-game absence as a healthy scratch against Detroit.
Prior to tonight’s game with Winnipeg at Verizon Center, the Caps announced that right wing Joel Ward is day-to-day with a lower body injury. He did not suit up for the game against the Jets, just the third game he has missed this season. While watching last night’s Caps-Flyers game from the press