Semin Expected Back Tomorrow
Left wing Alexander Semin is expected to return the lineup tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Although Semin has missed the past four games with a shoulder injury, he remains the team's third leading scorer with 17 points. Which says a lot about the current state of the Capitals, who have lost six in a row (0-4-2) and have been outscored 15-2 since the second period of Wednesday loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.
Having a struggling Semin (goal-less in 12 games) return won't solve the club's problems, but it will help. Not only is he overdue for a goal (or three), he takes some of the defensive heat of Alex Ovechkin by forcing opposing teams to chose which player to focus on stopping. Because of his stick-handling ability and deceptive shot, Semin is also a major threat on power play, which is seven for its last 51 opportunities.
Meantime, veteran right wing Richard Zednik is questionable for Tampa. He left Saturday's game on Long Island with an undisclosed injury (though not the wrist that sidelined him for miss six games earlier this month) in the second period and did not return. He didn't practice today, but will go out for the pregame skate tomorrow morning and will be a game-time decision.
With Semin expected to be back, and Zednik a possibility, the club sent prospect Eric Fehr back to Hershey of the American Hockey League after practice.
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