Troy Brouwer was one of 11 participants in an optional skate Wednesday morning and the Capitals forward expects to return to the lineup Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

“I feel good,” said Brouwer, who missed Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins with illness.

“The fact that was I was able to come to the rink today [is good]. Yesterday I wasn’t really able to get out of bed very much. [It was] just real uncomfortable as anybody who has the flu knows.”

Prior to Tuesday’s absence, Brouwer had played 102 consecutive games since joining the Capitals in 2011. Washington’s leading goal-scorer with nine tallies in 20 games this season admits that watching Tuesday’s game from his Arlington apartment wasn’t easy.

“Yeah, at least normally you can be around the guys at the rink and be a part of the whole ordeal but yesterday sitting on the couch with a blanket wrapped around me- it’s not a lot of fun sitting there, helpless.

“But I watched the game, I stayed up for it, the guys did great in coming back and hopefully it’s one of those wins that can help turn the season around.”