The Washington Capitals will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round 2011 NHL Playoffs series against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. In their final practice before the game, the Capitals did not have the services of winger Mike Knuble.
Knuble did not practice with the team, in what a team official is dubbing as a "maintenance day." He is still expected to play in Wednesday's game, though, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. Knuble seemed to injure his hand on his game-tying goal in Game 3 on Sunday, getting hit on Mike Green's attempt and then scoring despite being in pain.
Otherwise, one of the interesting questions is whether Boudreau will activate Eric Fehr, who has yet to play in the series as a healthy scratch. Playing Fehr would certainly add more offense and speed, but it might cost the Capitals some defense and grit.