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Capitals make Mike Knuble a healthy scratch in Game 1

Apr 12, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

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For a 39-year-old forward with plenty of notches on his belt like Mike Knuble, a playoff healthy scratch is probably a pretty sobering reality. That happens to be the case tonight as Stephen Whyno reports that the Washington Capitals are rolling with feisty winger Jay Beagle instead of Knuble.

Knuble has generated some of his career’s best work scoring the kind of “dirty” goals that are especially valuable in the playoffs. He had two tallies in six games last year and six points in the Capitals’ seven-game series against the Montreal Canadiens in 2010.

Unfortunately for the pending free agent, he’s fallen on hard times this season, which is spotlighted in pretty convincing fashion by his absence in Game 1.

  1. dawglb - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    The Caps deserve to lose. Knuble is a class act. Hunter has some issue with the guy……

    • danphipps01 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Yeah. He has a sense of class and work ethic. Hunter despises those. Look at the people he DOES give minutes to.

  2. dougr42 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Doesn’t Knuble have the most (or close to it) playoff experience on that whole roster? Hunter is an idiot.

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