Girardi (lower body) was absent from morning skate ahead of Saturday's game against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of reports.

With Anton Stralman (lower body) also omitted from the latest session, the Bolts reportedly will continue relying on Jan Rutta to round out the depth on the blue line. Girardi is looking at a fourth straight absence, though he's not on injured reserve, thanks in large part to extra roster flexibility that opened up after the trade deadline.

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