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Alexander Semin will miss tonight’s game for a ‘maintenance day’

Apr 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

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The Washington Capitals are locked into a tight race with the Philadelphia Flyers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but they will be forced to face the desperate Toronto Maple Leafs without sniper Alexander Semin tonight. Katie Carrera reports that Semin didn’t make the trip to Toronto and won’t be in Washington’s lineup. (Here is CSN Washington’s take, as well.)

Bruce Boudreau’s comments indicate that the team is giving Semin a “maintenance day” to recover from the nagging injuries that often occur during a grueling 82-game season. He told the press that if this match against the Maple Leafs was a playoff game, Semin would play.

Carrera also points out that injured defensemen Mike Green and Tom Poti didn’t make the trip to Toronto, either.

Since every indication points toward this being an opportunity to rest Semin more than a reason for people to be concerned about his health, this seems like another forward-thinking move by the Caps. While a few days of rest won’t guarantee health during (what Washington hopes) will be several weeks of rugged hockey, it’s a wise decision to give the injury-prone winger a breather.

More than any recent season, the Capitals are going all-in when it comes to preparing for the playoffs. The team seems willing to sacrifice individual statistics and offensive bombast in favor of improving their collective play, especially in their own zone. Resting stars such as Semin and Ovechkin shows that the organization has their eyes on the biggest prize.

  1. abrienza428 - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    If this was a playoff game, you wouldn’t even notice whether he played or not.

    • bcjim - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Its great when people post BS that they parrot from some other dope and never bother to actually look at the record….24pts in 28 playoff games. Not too shabby.

      • abrienza428 - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        Nice! Now if only that helped them make a deep playoff run every now and then.

      • scrouch - Apr 5, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        ‘Looking at the record’ means more than just reading off numbers, but they need to be put into context. Zero goals, 5 assists (mostly secondary ones) in 7 games against the Pens 2 years ago followed up by zero goals and 2 assists in 7 games against Montreal last year. Yeah, that’s someone who shows up for important games. There’s a lot more to stats than just the numbers. In series where they really have to fight for ice, Semin’s been invisible. He was productive in games when the team was routing the Rangers.

  2. bcjim - Apr 5, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Whatever, I’m glad he is on my team…he also had 44 sog against mtl. Its not like he wasn’t trying, and its not like he doesn’t know how to net a puck. Sometimes a hot goalie wins.

  3. derpdederpdederp - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    this is hockey, not football. what is it with the caps resting their starters? my guess is that come playoff time that rest will make no difference to the caps early-round exit

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    i live in the northern va area and have been to plenty of cap games (including playoffs) and have the luxury of being able to see any game they play on the local comcast network. semin is the black sheep of that team…no one talks to him on the bench…he is the last on and first off during warm-ups. he is invisible in the community and to the press and as far as i know doesnt speak a lick of english. caps fans have these delusions of winning with him on their team but seem to disregard the fact that he doesnt back check or play any defense. he doesnt show up in big games and only plays when he feels like it. i still cant get the slap fight with marc staal a few years back out of my head…lol…check it here …you caps fans can have him.

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