Washington coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated his hope that two-time Norris Trophy nominee Mike Green would be in the lineup for Game 1.
"I'm hoping," the coach said. "We'll still have one more check here and figure it out."
Meanwhile, Boudreau said injured defenseman Dennis Wideman, sidelined with a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome, is up and walking.
"He's coming along. He's walking now. I don't expect him back for this series, but he's a really determined young man. He's rehabbing it pretty hard right now," Boudreau said. "He's a lot better today than he was yesterday. I don't know if that means anything. If that rate of recovery is good, then it wouldn't surprise me if in three weeks he'd be ready."
Wideman was acquired by the Capitals at the trade deadline from Florida and filled in admirably, especially with Green out of the lineup. Boudreau would not speculate when he might return to the ice.
Tortorella was asked about the last time his team was in the playoffs two years ago and his suspension for throwing a water bottle at a Washington fan in Game 5 of their first-round series.
But there is a difference between asking and getting an answer.
"I'm not going back there. I'm so focused on just today," Tortorella said Wednesday. "I'm not going to worry about that, so just put an end to it. There's no sense to it."