Capitals’ Knuble out of Game 4 vs. Rangers

The Washington Capitals are playing without forward Mike Knuble

in Game 4 of their first-round series against the New York

Rangers.

Knuble, who scored in the Capitals’ 3-2 loss in Game 3 on

Sunday, hasn’t been on the ice since that day and was absent for

Wednesday morning’s skate at Madison Square Garden.

Knuble missed practice Tuesday, but Capitals coach Bruce

Boudreau said then that it was just a ”maintenance day” and that

the right wing, who had 24 goals in the regular season, was

expected to play in Game 4.

Eric Fehr took Knuble’s place in the lineup, making his first

appearance in the series.

Knuble appeared to be injured Sunday when he was hit in the

right hand by a puck. Jason Chimera was expected to take Knuble’s

place on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas

Backstrom.