Capitals coach Dale Hunter said center Jay Beagle continues to be listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. No players skated on Thursday - a full day off for the team after Wednesday’s Game 6 victory over the New York Rangers. Beagle’s status for Saturday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals is unclear. Hunter said he doesn’t know if Beagle will skate at practice on Friday at Kettler Iceplex.
Hunter twice told reporters that Beagle would play against the Rangers before inserting veteran Jeff Halpern into the lineup instead. Beagle was seen being driven towards Washington’s locker room on a cart before the game. He took an Anton Stralman shot to the right leg early in the second period of Game 5, finished that contest, but was not on the ice for the morning skate before Wednesday’s game. WashCaps.com senior writer Mike Vogel tweeted that Beagle was “half-dressed and hoping to go before the game, but the injury did not respond as he and team had hoped.”
“Well, just before the game” the decision was made to scratch Beagle, Hunter said on Wednesday.
Beagle, who missed most of the first three months of the season with post-concussion symptoms, has become an effective third-line center for Washington late in the season. He’s been one of the top faceoff men in the Stanley Cup playoffs, been responsible defensively and added a goal and an assist. Beagle has been on the ice for four goals against of the 27 the Caps have allowed in their first 12 playoff games.
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