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With news breaking today that Mike Green should return to the Washington Capitals' lineup this weekend, news also broke that Dennis Wideman will miss the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Via Washington Post's Katie Carrera, head coach Bruce Boudreau said that he's "gotta believe" that Wideman will miss at least the first round after suffering a leg hemotoma when he collided with the Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu March 29.
"We don't know," Boudreau said when asked if there was any timeline for Wideman's return. "It's one of those things that, again, this time next week we'll know a lot more than we know now, but it depends on how his rehab goes and how quick he takes to it."
Wideman, who the Caps acquired from the Florida Panthers February 28, has one goal and six assists in 14 games with Washington. With Green out, Wideman filled his role as the puck-moving defenseman. And now that Wideman is out, Green will have more pressure on him to return to his All-Star form.
Capitals defensemen Mike Green went through a full practice Friday for the first time since he suffered two separate head injuries in early February. The practice was optional and low-intensity, but it still represents a big step for Green as he tries to return to action before the NHL Playoffs.
Green was wearing contact lenses and glasses all week, and said the symptoms he felt on Monday had mostly gone away by Friday. He said he hopes to go through a more intense practice on Monday and return to the ice at some point before the playoffs begin in two weeks.
The Capitals suddenly have an even greater need for Green to return. Defensemen Dennis Wideman, who was acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline in part to be insurance for Green's injuries, suffered a leg injury of his own and was reportedly in the hospital Thursday because blood went from an artery into soft tissue. Fellow defensemen John Erskine is also banged up after getting into a fight in the Capitals' win over Columbus Thursday.
A report released by TSN's Bob McKenzie claims that Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman is currently in the hospital with a "significant leg hematoma" as a result of his collision with the Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss.
A hematoma is caused by a contusion where blood escapes or leaks from an artery, vein or capillary into soft tissue, such as a muscle, where it does not belong.
It can cause significant swelling and pressure, which often times can only be released by making an incision to drain the blood from the soft tissue.
Wideman lost an edge during the second period of Tuesday's game and ran into Ruutu. Wideman would leave the game and did not return. He was formally listed as "week-to-week" by the team early Thursday.
"I think we're all kind of surprised what kind of injury it turned into," Mike Knuble said. "He could be gone a couple weeks, he could be gone a lot longer."
Knuble candidly commented that Wideman has been sending in pictures of his injury, which Knuble called "pretty graphic."
"He's been firing off some pictures," Knuble said. "It's pretty grotesque how [Wideman] is opened up right now."
The Washington Capitals may not have Mike Green until the beginning of the NHL Playoffs. Green's head injuries were concussions, and the Capitals defensemen may sit out until the end of the regular season, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
With eight games remaining in the regular season, the chance of Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green returning from a concussion in time for the playoffs is uncertain, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday.
Green has missed 18 of the past 20 games and almost every practice with the concussion. He initially was hit in the head by a slap shot on Super Bowl Sunday, and then suffered another concussion when Derek Stepan elbowed him against the New York Rangers, according to Carrera. The team has not publicly defined Green's injury, per team policy, but the symptoms certainly line up with a concussion.
Boudreau said that the team wants Green to be put through at least three good practices before playing him, and reemphasized that they will not play him until he is fully healthy.
The Washington Capitals should have center Nicklas Backstrom when they take on the red-hot New Jersey Devils on Friday. Backstrom is expected to return to the lineup after missing 11 days with a fractured thumb. Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com reports that he will play Friday.
Backstrom, for his part, said he thinks he will indeed play. Via Katie Carrera of the Washington Post:
Backstrom: "I think I'll play tonight. If I play, I know I'm 100 percent." #Caps
Backstrom would likely go back to the top line, forcing Brooks Laich back to the wing. Laich has been very good with Backstrom sidelined, allowing the Capitals to maintain their nine-game winning streak even without Backstrom. That streak was snapped with Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
While Backstrom is returning, winger Eric Fehr likely will not play, according to Vogel. Also, defensemen John Erskine still has the flu and is also likely to sit out.
Since the Capitals acquired him at the trade deadline, Jason Arnott has made a pretty significant impact on the Capitals. But according to CSN Wasington, the Capitals will have to be without their newest pivot for the entirety of the upcoming road trip.
According to the Washington Capitals’ website center Jason Arnott will not travel with the team this week after suffering an undisclosed injury. The veteran Arnott is listed as week-to-week.
One would have to imagine that a week-to-week injury is more significant than a day-to-day, but the discretion in hockey injury reports always leaves me guessing. Arnott was coming in handy with Nicklas Bakstrom recovering from his broken thumb, but now the Capitals depth at the position is going to be a serious concern.
The Capitals play the Canadiens tonight, and will face the Red Wings, Devils, Flyers and Senators before wrapping up their road trip against these same Canadiens next Saturday. No word yet on if Arnott will be able to return for any of these games, but it does not look likely.
Nicklas Backstrom missed the first game of his professional career Wednesday night with a fractured thumb. As of right now, he is expected to miss at least 1-2 more games. Backstrom was practicing, but in a non-contact jersey.
Timetable remains the same for Nicklas Backstrom (fractured left thumb) - 1 to 2 games. He did skate at practice today w no-contact jersey.
Backstrom, for his part, said he got to a point where he couldn't grip his stick, so he took himself out against the Lightning on Monday.
As for other Capitals injuries, Mike Green was back on the ice practicing, but said he's still taking things cautiously as he recovers from various head injuries. Goalie Semyon Varlamov was also on the ice, and coach Bruce Boudreau said he will take some shots on Friday. Then again, the strong play by Braden Holtby recently means Varlamov will have to fight to even be a backup.
Nicklas Backstrom broke his thumb a few weeks back, but like he has done for the Washington Capitals throughout his career, he played through the injury and didn't miss any time. But that thumb is still bothering him, and now he will sit for at least one game with the hopes that the rest helps his thumb heal, according to Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner.
"We just want to protect [Backstrom's] thumb," Boudreau said. "We like him playing every game, but to us, making sure that he's ready and healthy is the most important thing. We didn't want a nagging little injury to keep him out and keep re-injuring it and that. He'll probably be out for a game or two."
The amazing thing about this injury is that this will be the first game that Nicklas Backstrom has missed due to injury in his entire career. His streak of 313 straight games will come to an end tonight. While Backstrom certainly needs to let his his thumb heal, the Capitals won't be able to succeed without him for very long. So hopefully he only stays out of the lineup for a couple games.
Semyon Varlamov, who has not played in a game since February 20, will miss more action as he recovers from an apparent knee injury, coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice Friday. Via Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner:
Semyon Varlamov will be out 7-to-10 days, according to Bruce Boudreau and won't be on the trip to Florida.
In Varlamov's absence, Michal Neuvirth has reassumed the starting goalie position and has played very well. Braden Holtby, who is dealing with a minor knee injury himself, will be the backup.
One would think that Neuvirth's recent play would elevate him to the starting job no matter what happened to Varlamov. Save for a 6-0 shellacking to the Rangers, Neuvirth has allowed two or fewer goals in all of his last five starts. Neuvirth has started in 30 of the team's games this year, while Varlamov has only been in net for 18 games. But, of course, given the way Boudreau likes to ride the hot goalie, we can count on Varlamov getting another chance to start at some point this season once he becomes healthy.
It seems like Mike Green's head injuries are more serious than originally anticipated. The Capitals initially said he will rejoin the team when they play the Florida Panthers on Sunday, but general manager George McPhee just said that Green will likely miss a few weeks. Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan:
#Caps McPhee says they will probably hold Green out a couple of weeks
This backs up an earlier report by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca that indicated Green could be out for up to three weeks with the injury. Green was placed on the Long-Term Injury Reserve list, according to McPhee, but is eligible to be taken off anytime because he was placed there retroactively.
Green has not played since he took an elbow to his face on Friday against the New York Rangers. He had missed several games earlier in the month with an ear injury after taking a slap shot to the face against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Super Bowl Sunday. Green's injuries may have played a role in the Capitals' trade deadline deal for Florida Panthers defensemen Dennis Wideman.
Defensemen Tom Poti and forward Eric Fehr were also played on the LTIR list, according to McPhee, and are also eligible to be removed anytime.
Mike Green's injury woes this season continue, as the Capitals' defensemen will miss the team's next two games as he continues to recover from an elbow to the head taken in the team's 6-0 loss to the Rangers on Friday night.
Coach Bruce Boudreau announced the news earlier today, saying Green will not return until the Capitals travel to face the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan:
#Caps Boudreau says Green won't be back from Calgary for Tuesday and Thursday's game, they expect him back for the Fla trip this weekend
Green suffered the injury when Derek Stapan of the Rangers elbowed him in the head during the first period. Green had previously missed several games with what the team described as "inner ear trauma" after taking a slap shot to the face. The Capitals seem to be worried about his health, which may explain Monday's trade for Florida Panthers defensemen Dennis Wideman.
Washington DC-The Capitals may have lost more than a game in tonight's 6-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers. They could be down a defenseman for a while.
Mike Green, back after missing six of Washington's last seven games with inner ear trauma, left the game early in the first period after taking an elbow to the head from Derek Stepan. He did not return and will miss tomorrow's game in New York against the Islanders according to Bruce Boudreau.
"He's day-to-day. He's not gonna play tomorrow," said Boudreau following the game. "Right now it's cautionary. I don't know his status because I haven't talked to the doctors yet."
Green took a puck to the side of his head in a game against the Penguins on Super Bowl Sunday. He did not travel with the team on their recent road trip in an effort to recover. The Capitals are obviously concerned about his status given the concussions sustained by Sidney Crosby, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik this season. They will be cautious after this latest setback and as such Green will not be making the trip to New York tomorrow.
Also of note, Nicklas Backstrom did play against the Rangers despite an injury to his thumb, but he only took one faceoff. His linemates Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble took his spot in the dot as a precaution. Boudreau said such an occurrence is not uncommon in the NHL.
Nicklas Backstrom suffered a broken thumb against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. But he is a hockey player, and thus, far tougher than the average mortal man. We are now hearing that despite the injury, Backstrom is expected to play when the Capitals take on the Rangers tomorrow night.
One can only imagine the amount of wrapping and splints that will be around that thumb under his glove. Hopefully members of the other team won't be targetting that injury with their sticks, or it could lead to something little but more serious.
Usually teams are very discreet about their injuries so that other players can't target them throughout a game. But the Rangers are going to know exactly where to hit him if that is in fact their intent.
On a positive note though, it shows that the injury is probably not that serious if Backstrom isn't even going to miss a single game.
The fractured thumb suffered by Nicklas Backstrom during Monday night's 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins appears to be less serious than initially feared. The Capitals are listing Backstrom as day-to-day, which is less serious than it could have been.
Then again, "day-to-day" is common even with somewhat serious injuries. Luckily for the Capitals, though, it doesn't look like Backstrom will miss much time. Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan:
I'm told #Caps Backstrom is day to day, he won't be out for a significant amount of time, if he misses any time
That's good news for a Capitals team that doesn't have much depth at center. Backstrom has struggled this season, but not having him for an extended period of time would be a major problem for the Capitals as they try to get their offense back in gear.
At some point during the Washington Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kris Letang slashed Caps' center Backstrom on the left hand. The hit left Backstrom in pain, but he stayed in the game. After the game, Backstrom received an X-Ray, and the results aren't very good. Japers' Rink translated this story from Per Aftonbladet.
The cause of the injury was a slash from Kris Letang that the referees didn't blow the whistle for. After the game the X-Ray showed a fracture in the thumb.
[Backstrom:] "Yes there is a little fracture. It's too bad that it happened but I don't think it feels that bad."
If the young Swede ... will have to watch from the sideline's is unclear at the moment.
"I don't know I think I'm day-to-day and right now. I feel ok, but we have to wait and see how it feels in the next couple of days."
"It feels damn good to beat them but we won four out of four two years ago and they still beat us in the playoffs that year. So in the big picture this could mean nothing."
The Capitals needed help in the pivot even before this injury, so it might place some onus on them to acquire a center before the trading deadline. Japers' Rink points out that Backstrom has yet to miss a contest in his NHL career, but I would expect that streak to end very shortly. Keep checking back in this stream for updates as the become available.
Mike Green has been out for over a week now, and will miss tonight's game against the Penguins, but his return seems to be getting closer. We heard earlier today that he would be going through a tough skate this morning, and the results of that skate were apparently good enough for Green to target the end of this week for a return.
The Caps have played inconsistently since Green went out with an injury. Looking stout on defense in some games, but looking very spotty in others. For example, the Capitals had two relatively inexperienced defenders on the ice when trying to preserve a 2-1 lead late against the Sabres.
Green's return will only serve to help the Capitals when he gets back on the ice.
The long road back for Mike Green continues, and he appears to be getting a little bit closer to returning to the Capitals lineup. He will not be playing the game against the Penguins tonight, but he will undergo what Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau referred to as a "tough skate."
It obviously isn't a good thing that Green will be missing the game tonight, but everything we've heard indicates that he is starting to make progress towards a return. The Caps are notoriously vague with their injury reports, so we don't really know for sure, but it sounds like the team is having him go through tougher and tougher workouts as the days progress.
If he responds well to this tough skate, it will be another step forward in his rehab, and he will inch closer to a return to the starting lineup.
The Washington Capitals will not have defensemen Mike Green for the third straight game and fourth time in the last five games when they take on the San Jose Sharks Thursday night. Green will not play due to an ear injury suffered when he took a slap shot to the face in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 6.
Coach Bruce Boudreau announced the news to reporters earlier today. However, Boudreau did indicate that Green's condition is improving. Green visited with a specialist prior to Wednesday's night game against the Ducks, and all the tests he went through checked out. Via Katie Carrera of the Washington Post:
BB said Mike Green will not play tonight but that his tests went well.#Caps
Green returned for a game against the Kings last weekend after missing one game, but has sat out in both games this week against the Coyotes and Ducks.
It's becoming clear that Mike Green's ear injury is a little more serious than originally anticipated. Green, who first suffered the injury on February 6 against the Penguins when he was nailed with a slap shot, will miss the Capitals' game against the Ducks on Wednesday night and will see a specialist Wednesday afternoon.
Per [coach Bruce Boudreau], Mike Green will not play against the Ducks. The defenseman has an appointment with a specialist for his ear this afternoon #Caps
Green sat out one game, played Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings and then sat out again on Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes. There was a concern initially that he had a concussion, but it now appears that he has an entirely different injury.
The Capitals have lost three straight games since the win over the Penguins.
Mike Green sat out of Monday's 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes with an "undisclosed injury," but now the nature of the injury has become known.
Via Washington Post's Katie Carrera, head coach Bruce Boudreau told the media that Green has "inner ear trauma." According to Boudreau, although Green hadn't been feeling well, he was still able to make the five-game road trip.
On February 6, Green left Washington's 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a Brooks Orpik slap shot to the side of the head. Green would sit out of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks, but returned Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Green said last week that he felt "100 percent," so his absence from Monday's game is much more concerning.
Via Washington Post's Katie Carrera, Mike Green is out of Monday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes with an "undisclosed injury."
Green sat out of last Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks after taking a puck to the face during Washington's 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Super Bowl Sunday. Green, however, did return for Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Green has been hampered by several injuries this season, so whatever is keeping him out of Monday's game could be one of many things.
The Washington Capitals will have the services of Mike Green when they close a three-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The defensemen will return to the lineup after missing one game and two periods when he was hit in the face by a slap shot in the team's win over the Penguins on Sunday.
#Caps coach Bruce Boudreau and Mike Green both again say they expect the defenseman to be back for game vs. #Kings tomorrow afternoon.
There was a concern that Green may have suffered a concussion with the hit, but he was checked out by doctors and went through all the tests. He was held out of Tuesday's loss to the San Jose Sharks for precautionary reasons, but all along, he and the team has expected him to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Without Green, the Capitals fell 2-0 to the Sharks, their eighth shutout loss of the season.
Mike Green appears to be recovering from a scary moment on Sunday when he took a puck to the face on a slap shot against the Penguins. He did participate in the Capitals' morning skate, and said he felt good after it. However, he will not be in the lineup for the team's game against the San Jose Sharks today, as the Capitals prefer to hold him out for precautionary reasons since they do not play again until Saturday.
Caps GM George McPhee tells me via text that Mike Green won't play tonight but should be fine for Saturday
Green admitted to feeling a little off-balanced after Sunday's game, and had symptoms that fall in line with what many have when they suffer a concussion. However, the team denied that Green had a concussion last night. Green was scheduled to go through additional tests after the morning skate today to determine the severity of his injury.
The Washington Capitals look like they will have the services of Alexander Semin for the first time in a month. The winger participated in the morning skate Tuesday and looks like he will return for the team's game against the San Jose Sharks. Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan:
#Caps Semin is off the ice with the guys who are playing, looks like he's back
His replacement on the roster, Jay Beagle, was reportedly packing his bags after practice, indicating he is possibly on his way back to the team's AHL affiliate in Hershey. That would clear up the roster spot for Semin to make his return.
Semin has been out of action since January 8 due to a groin injury. He has only played in 39 games this season, and struggled after getting off to a hot start. He has 18 goals and 35 points on the season, but hasn't scored since November 28.
UPDATE: Bruce Boudreau has confirmed that Semin will play, saying he was hurt for the three weeks prior to being shut down on January 8.
The Washington Capitals were cautious with Mike Green on Monday, holding him out of practice after he took a puck to the face on a slap shot in the team's 3-0 win over the Penguins on Sunday. Now, they will likely continue to be cautious with Green. He is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, and suffered through concussion symptoms after the game, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Given that the Capitals have three days off following the game against San Jose, there would be little reason to rush him back when the alternative is multiple days of rest. Also, when players do not practice the day before a game, they generally will not take part in the upcoming contest.
Coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters that Green was held out of practice for precautionary reasons. If Green does indeed have a concussion, he must be symptom-free during rest and physical activity, then pass a neurological test, before he is eligible to play again.
Green suffered the injury when a Brooks Orpik slap shot careened off the side of his head at the end of the first period. His ear was bleeding and he was taken off the ice after laying on the ground for several minutes. He did not return to the game.
The Washington Capitals appear to be playing it safe with defensemen Mike Green after he took a puck to the face on a slap shot in the Capitals' 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Green did not participate in practice today, and coach Bruce Boudreau said that was because they wanted to make sure he would end up OK, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Boudreau said the team decided to give Green the day off and admitted that they were guarding against a possible concussion. Green said yesterday that he felt alright, but admitted to his balance being "a little off." It remains unclear whether Green will suit up when the Capitals take on the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
The injury occurred at the end of the first period, when Brooks Orpik unleashed a slap shot that hit off Green's ear. Green did not return to the game. He has already been hampered by various nagging injuries over the course of the season.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite taking a puck to the face in the first period of Sunday's 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Green says he feels fine.
"I'm alright," Green said. "I got hit in the head obviously with the puck, so it doesn't feel that great."
Green took a slap shot from Brooks Orpik as time expired in the first period and crumbled to the ice. He bled profusely, but skated back to the locker room area under his own power and did not return.
According to Green, he does not believe he has a concussion. Sporting a nasty cut and stitches by his right ear, he said that his balance felt "a little off." Asked how long he would be out, Green didn't seem to be too concerned.
"I feel good," Green said. "It's unfortunate that I couldn't come back, but I'm all stitched up and hopefully can come back next game. We'll see how I feel in the morning and we'll assess it from there."
Mike Green left Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a puck to the face at the end of the first period.
As time winded down in the first period, Brooks Orpik fired a slap shot from the point that caught Green above the ear. Green fell to the ice and stayed there for a few moments as blood dripped from his face. He was able to go to the locker room under his own power, but did not return for the second period.
More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Semin, who hasn't played since January 8, has been bothered by a groin injury and has played in only 39 games this season. In those 39 games, he has 18 goals and 35 points, but hasn't scored since November 28.
The Capitals are having well-documented problems scoring this season and hope that Semin's imminent return will mean more goals. Coincidentally. Semin has scored six of Washington's 12 goals against the Lightning this season with a hat trick in each of the first two meetings.
In other injury news, Tom Poti was the only regular missing from practice Thursday. Head coach Bruce Boudreau used new line combinations:
Both guys have battled groin injuries this season. Neuvirth was pulled from the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last night with an undisclosed lower body injury, but he had been icing his groin before the game, according to reports. In fact, the team has sent him back home to D.C. for further evaluation, according to Mike Vogel.
Varlamov took Neuvirth's place after the first period, surrendering two goals in that time. He didn't appear to be injured after the game, but was listed as day-to-day today.
In response to both injuries, the team has recalled Braden Holtby from Hershey of the AHL. Holtby is 2-2 with a 3.84 goals-against average in four starts with the Capitals this season.
While the Capitals loss to the Flyers was a bummer in and of itself, it was even more disappointing that the Capitals may have lost one of their goaltenders in the process. Michal Neuvirth left the game after the first period and did not return. Katie Carrera of the Washington Post is reporting that Neuvirth will be day-to-day with what is being described as a lower body injury.
The major news that came out of the contest resulted from goaltender Michal Neuvirth being unable to return to the ice after the first period. The official word from the team is Neuvirth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. After the morning skate on Tuesday, Neuvirth iced his left groin and hip area, which has bothered him previously this season.
It's hard to know exactly how long Neuvirth will be out because hockey injuries are notoriously vague. But if Neuvirth was icing something before the game, than it may not bode well for a speedy return. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
The Washington Capitals' roster will be short several key players during their three-game road trip this week. Via Washington Post, Alexander Semin, Eric Fehr and Tom Poti will not travel with the team when they face the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday, the New York Islanders Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday.
Semin (lower body) has been out since taking a hit from Florida's Steve Bernier in Washington's 3-2 win over the Panthers January 8. Fehr (shoulder) will miss at least 3-4 weeks after colliding with teammate David Steckel during Friday's 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Meanwhile, Poti (lower body) has appeared in only 21 games after a litany of injuries has kept him out of action, including a concussion that kept him out of the Winter Classic.
Matt Bradley (finger) has been sidelined since having surgery December 22, but skated on his own again prior to practice. He is not ready to return, however, and will not make the trip either.
One player who will make it is Mike Green. Green did not practice Monday because of a cold, but is expected to play Tuesday against the Flyers. Head coach Bruce Boudreau assured the media that Green's absence had nothing to do with the hit that Senators forward Nick Foligno laid on him at the end of Sunday's game.
With all of the latest injuries, Boudreau toyed with new line combinations during practice.
The Washington Capitals' offense is struggling, and now, they're going to be down another key scorer for an extended period of time. Eric Fehr will miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a shoulder injury last Friday, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Fehr suffered the injury when he collided into David Steckel during the team's 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Coach Bruce Boudreau immediately provided the media the 3-4 week timetable, which indicates that the injury is fairly serious. It's a right shoulder injury, which is concerning because he has had shoulder problems in the past.
Fehr struggled to start the season, but really emerged in the last couple weeks. He had five points in the six games leading up to the Canucks contest, and of course was the hero of the 2011 Winter Classic, with two goals. His steady presence will be missed on the second line.
Willsie, an 11-year veteran, has 12 goals, 21 assists and a plus-17 rating in 36 games with the Bears this season. In 380 career NHL games, Willsie has 52 goals and 56 assists.
Willsie is no stranger to the Capitals; he spent the entire 2005-2006 season with Washington, scoring 19 goals and 22 assists in 82 games. Willsie has not played a full NHL season since.
He re-signed with the Capitals this summer with a one-year, two-way contract. Before signing with the Caps, Willsie spent the previous four seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and their respective AHL affiliates.
If Willsie suits up for the Caps this week, the team will have three recent members of the Colorado Avalanche on their roster; Matt Hendricks signed a contract with the Caps this summer after spending two seasons with the Avs, while the Caps acquired Hannan from Colorado November 30 in exchange for Tomas Fleischmann.
The Washington Capitals will not have the services of Alexander Semin for at least the next two days. Coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice on Monday that Semin will not accompany the team on its two-game road trip this week due to an apparent hip injury. In his place, Boyd Gordon will make the trip, Boudreau said. Gordon has not played since December 15.
Semin suffered the injury when he was hit by Florida Panthers right winger Steve Bernier. He had to leave the game with the injury, and evidently, he has not improved enough to travel with the team. The Capitals play the Florida Panthers on the road on Tuesday night, then travel to play the Tampa Bay Lightning one night later.
Semin started off the year extremely well, but has faded since then. He has 18 goals and 17 assists on the season.
For all the talk about Alex Ovechkin's struggles, one explanation hasn't really seen the light of day: he's hurt. That may indeed be the case. Ovechkin was holding his left wrist throughout practice today, and coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that he had a cortisone shot after the team's loss to Tampa Bay.
Alex Ovechkin had a cortisone shot and wasn't allowed to handle the puck yesterday or today but is expected to be back tomorrow. Boudreau said he thinks whatever it is (he wouldn't say but the wrist is a good bet, obviously) has been bothering Ovechkin for a while.
Ovechkin wore a yellow non-contact jersey during practice and has been prohibited from handling the puck, according to Kate Carrera of the Washington Post. However, he says he will be okay to practice on Friday and play in the team's game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
"I'm going to be OK," Ovechkin said after the skate. "Bruce gave me some skating, no puck handling, nothing. He told me just [to] be relaxing and ready for Saturday."
He then insisted he didn't have an injury. I'm guessing he'll be okay for Saturday.
The Washington Capitals got a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, but they lost yet another player to injury. Right winger Matt Bradley suffered a broken finger, and he's expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks, according to Washington Capitals team beat reporter Mike Vogel.
#Caps right wing Matt Bradley will miss 2-4 weeks (and Winter Classic) with a broken finger. Opportunity knocks for Beagle/Gordon.
Bradley's absence will mean more time for Andrew Gordon, who scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday, and Jay Beagle. He becomes the second key member of the team to miss the 2010 NHL Winter Classic against Pittsburgh. Defensemen Jeff Schultz has a thumb injury and will not play in the game.
Bradley is not a big point producer, but Capitals fans appreciate him for his ability to add grit and intangibles to a team that often lacks them. Bradley has two goals and four assists in 15 games for the Capitals this season. He has already missed several games with lower body injuries, but this is an entirely new ailment.
Not only did the Capitals suffer a disappointing shootout loss tonight in a game that they led 4-1 at the second intermission, they have now also reportedly lost an important member of the defense for a month or more.
Bruce Boudreau revealed in the postgame press conference that Jeff Schultz suffered a fractured thumb, and is likely to miss 4-6 weeks. According to Scott Chamberlain of TBD.com, the injury occurred midway through the second period.
Schultz had played in all 29 games so far this season for the Capitals and logged 10:32 of ice time in Monday night's game before suffering the injury, which appeared to happen late in the second period while the Capitals were killing a penalty. A shot from Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn appeared to hit Schultz in the hand, and the Washington player did not return to the ice with the rest of the team after the second intermission.
As pointed out by SB Nation's Capitals blog Japers Rink, Schultz is likely to miss the Winter Classic, which must be disappointing not only to the player, but also to the organization.
On a seperate yet also related note, we also tonight have the answer to the earlier question of which Capitals player would be placed on injured reserve. Tyler Sloan will head to IR due to a hip flexor, but he'll be able to return on Dec. 12. Schultz, on the other hand, may be out until mid-Jan.
The Washington Capitals announced today that center Mathieu Perreault has been recalled for the second time this season. But coinciding with Perreault's promotion is the placement of an unknown Capital on the injured reserve list. Head coach Bruce Boudreau did not provide any clues.
"Somebody that's banged up will go on IR today, you'll be able to read about it," Boudreau said.
Boudreau, however, would make it clear that the unknown player is not Alexander Semin, who has been dealing with a nagging, yet undisclosed injury. A possible choice is defenseman Tom Poti, who has been hampered by a groin injury all season. John Erskine, who sat out of Saturday's loss to the Atlanta Thrashers with an undisclosed injury, will not be the player in question. The NHL does not require teams to make an announcement when a player is placed on injured reserve.
Perreault has played three games with the Capitals this season and had two assists during his late October stint.
If the Capitals' injury and goaltending carousel wasn't interesting enough, a new wrinkle has developed. According to head coach Bruce Boudreau via Capitals Insider's Katie Carrera, Michal Neuvirth tweaked some part of his lower body and missed Monday's game against New Jersey. Yet, Neuvirth could be back for Wednesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Neuvirth left the ice first during today's morning skate, which usually denotes the starting goaltender for that night. But Holtby led the time onto the ice before Monday's game. The Capitals recalled Semyon Varlamov from AHL Hershey, but his gear didn't arrive until the second period. Neuvirth sat on the bench as a backup until Varlamov arrived per permission from the referees and the Devils.
In other injury news, both Mike Green and Tyler Sloan apparently suffered injuries during Monday's game. Boudreau says that both defensemen will be reevaluated Tuesday.
Within hours of Marcus Johansson returning to the Washington Capitals after a two-game rehab stint with AHL Hershey, the Caps made an even bigger announcement, officially sending goaltender Semyon Varlamov to Hershey.
Varlamov, the presumptive No. 1 goaltender at the start of training camp, has appeared in only two games and started one this season after reaggravating a nagging groin injury during the preseason. The same injury cost Varlamov playing time last season as well.
Earlier this week, Varlamov said that he "feels great" and is close to returning to action. Head coach Bruce Boudreau noticed Varlamov's eagerness but didn't know if "he's 100 percent healthy yet."
"If I was Varly I'd be ready to go after seeing the other two goalies, too," Boudreau said. "He's working hard and hopefully he'll get into a game this weekend somewhere. He's eager to go, just the fact that he's taking shots and staying out long after practice means he's getting closer to a return."
When asked if Varlamov could see action in Hershey, Boudreau wasn't sure, but said Varlamov's next step "might be a scrimmage that we have, but he's going to be in game situations, at least."
In Varlamov's absence, Michal Neuvirth has had a breakout start to the season, earning NHL Rookie of the Month honors for October. Braden Holtby has also earned his first two NHL wins within the last week. What a tangled (goalie glove) web we weave.
The Washington Capitals announced this afternoon that they have recalled center Marcus Johansson from AHL Hershey. The Capitals sent the Swedish rookie to Hershey late last week.
Johansson, the Capitals' first round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, made the team in training camp and has one goal and one assist in six games this season. Johansson suffered a hip injury against the Boston Bruins October 21 and yet to return to the lineup. In two games with the Hershey Bears, Johansson had three shots on goal and finished plus-1.
Johansson admitted last week that sitting out of games was "boring," but with the Capitals playing well, head coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't sure what to do with Johansson:
"We're playing pretty good now, and he's healthy, so I don't know what we're going to do," Boudreau said. "It's quite a good luxury when you have really good players and they're battling for spots. It's a tough call."
This should be pose an interesting question for the Capitals, who are in the midst of a five-game winning streak and have won seven of eight. If Boudreau couldn't find a place for Johansson before his demotion, where will he fit in now?
This update on the state of the Capitals injuries isn't really much of an update at all, because it doesn't give a lot of solid concrete information. But because it came straight from the horse's mouth, it is worth noting.
Boudreau also added that the sky "may" be blue and that the ocean was "potentially" wet. The only thing we really learned from this update is that Michal Neuvirth will be starting tonight, which is something we probably knew in the first place.
But we can read a little further into this to decipher that Brooks Laich and Tom Poti are at least getting close to returning from their injuries, which will be a big boost for the Caps' back line. But until they come back, the team will continue to be a little thin back there.
The bad news is that the Hershey Bears lost to the streaking Charlotte Checkers today. The good news for the Capitals though is that rookie Marcuss Johansson is back on the ice.
Johansson started a two-game stint in Hershey today as a rehabilitation for a foot injury he suffered on Monday October 11. According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Bruce Boudreau referred to Johansson as being "week-to-week" four weeks ago.
Tim Leone of The Patriot-News was on the scene in Charlotte with a report.
Rookie centerman Marcus Johansson, on an assignment from the Washington Capitals expected to last two games, made his Hershey debut. He played on a line with Greentree and Jay Beagle and recorded two shots.
After participating in the pre-game skate Friday night in Boston but being named as a scratch, this is another positive step in the third line center's recovery. Johansson could be back in red as soon as Thursday night when the Lightning come to town.
We're almost a month into the Capitals' season and we're still waiting for them to be completely healthy. In a sport as violent as hockey, that day may never come, but we seem to be getting closer and closer. Having said that, here is the latest on the status of two of the Caps' defenders for tonight's game.
With Poti and Sloan out it also means that young John Carlson will continue to play a bigger role then we might have expected heading into the season. Our Capitals blog Japers' Rink evaluated the position Carlson has been thrust into, and just how well he has been filling it.
Carlson's six points are tied for third-best among all rookies and tied for fourth-best on the team (although it's been awhile since he registered a point, perhaps as a result of the additional burden he's taken on). While he's been on the ice for twelve goals against, he's also been on the ice for fourteen Caps' goals and is a +3 on the season so far. He's remained poised despite being asked to substitute for not one but two key players on the Washington blue line so early in the season, despite playing without the consistency of a regular defensive partner, and despite battling an injury of his own.
Carlson is just 20 years old, so growing pains are to be expected. But Carlson has shown the flashes of potential that got Caps fans to excited about him this summer. Would he be playing this much if not for the injuries ahead of him? Probably not. But all things considered, he has responded pretty well. Japers' sums it up.
He is, as expected, a talented young player with tremendous upside and the potential to someday take his place among the best defensemen in the League.
After seeing the early returns, however, it's clear that the key word remains "someday".
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov's appearances at Kettler Capitals Iceplex have been few and far between as of late. The oft-injured goalie was the only Capital missing from practice today. And via CSN's Corey Masisak, it could be another week before we see Varlamov back on the ice.
Boudreau said Semyon Varlamov is likely to skate tomorrow and hopes he will be ready in a week to 10 days for the #Caps.
Varlamov has one start to his name this season, that coming in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins October 21. Masisak also mentioned that according to head coach Bruce Boudreau, Varlamov has not skated in nine days.
In other injury news, Marcus Johansson was on the ice practicing, but is still wearing the yellow (i.e. injured) jersey. Tom Poti also participated in practice, but left early.
Following a three-game, week-long road trip, the Capitals returned to practice in familiar territory at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today. Also familiar is the injury status of several Capitals.
Via Capitals Insider's Katie Carrera, coach Bruce Boudreau has ruled Tom Poti's status as "questionable" for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Poti has been suffering from a "lower body injury" for most of the season's first month. Boudreau speculated that Poti, who missed the first game of the road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes October 27, could rejoin the team for the final two games. Poti, however, never made the trip. Poti took part in a full practice today except for the wind sprints at the end. Poti then left immediately to receive treatment and did not speak to reporters. Boudreau did say that Poti looked pretty good and seemed to be moving well.
Rookie Marcus Johansson also participated in practice today, but was wearing a yellow practice jersey, signifying that he is injured. Johansson has been out since he suffered a hip injury against the Boston Bruins October 21. Defenseman Tyler Sloan is also nursing an undisclosed injury and missed Saturday's 7-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
An intriguing move that happened over the weekend was the demotion of defenseman Brian Fahey and center Mathieu Perreault back to AHL Hershey. Boudreau made sure to clarify that what seemed to be a good sign of things to come turned out to be nothing more than a necessary roster move:
"A), Hershey played last night; B), it's better for the [salary] cap; and C) we didn't practice [Sunday] so there was no sense in keeping them here," Boudreau said. "We have that option of recalling any of them and we'll see where we are tomorrow."
Meanwhile, goaltender Semyon Varlamov was "nowhere to be seen" at practice, according to Carrera.
We aren't that far into the NHL season and the Capitals are already suffering from their fair share of injuries. As the Caps prepare to go on a three game road trip, the status of some of their players remains up in the air. We have a pair of updates from the Katie Carrera about who will be eligible, and who won't be able to go, when the Caps play the Hurricanes tonight.
Per Boudreau: Marcus Johansson, who is riding the bike and not skating this am, is out for tonight's game vs Canes.
Next, on some of the Capitals other pieces.
Also from Boudreau: Bradley and Green will play, Carlson is a maybe and Gordon an I don't know.
It will be very good for the Capitals to get Mike Green back into the lineup, but as is usually the case with a sport this violent, his return is coupled by other players not being available.
UPDATE: More on the availability of Mike Green from Corey Masisak.
Mike Green says he's going to at least start out the game playing in all situations for the Caps. Says it feels a lot better.
So we'll have to wait until game time to know just how much Mike Green is going to play. But he will be back out on the ice.
As has been the case all season, the Washington Capitals are suffering from a myriad of injuries. With the team's first road trip starting tomorrow in Carolina, the Capitals must decide who to bring along and who to leave behind on injured reserve.
Earlier today, Washington recalled defenseman Brian Fahey from AHL Hershey. Fahey, who made his NHL debut October 16 against the Nashville Predators, will take Tom Poti's place. Poti won't be available for the start of the trip, but coach Bruce Boudreau said during practice Tuesday that Poti could meet up with the team later this week.
Fahey's recall leaves the Capitals in an interesting spot roster-wise. Forward Matt Bradley is ready to return to the lineup, which could leave the team no choice but to place Poti on injured reserve. If that happens, Poti will not be available to play until Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames per the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.
The Capitals would then have two available roster spots (the NHL maximum is 23) to give to either Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault or Boyd Gordon. According to Capitals Insider's Katie Carrera, all signs point to Perreault earning one of those spots. If Johansson, who will make the trip despite missing Saturday's game against Atlanta with a hip injury, is placed on injured reserve, he would have to miss the first two games of the trip. Meanwhile, Gordon could be reactivated at any time.
In other injury news, Mike Green hopes to play a full game Wednesday, but it will depend on how he feels during the morning skate and warmups.
The revolving door that is the Capitals' injury list is continuing to spin. According to CSN Washington's Corey Masisak, the statuses of at least seven players are either "unavailable or undecided" for Wednesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are the statuses of the players in question:
The Capitals have dressed 27 different players this year, but Boudreau looks at it in a positive light.
"I hate teams that make excuses about it. It is opportunities for guys who play five minutes to play 15 minutes and it is opportunities for guys who play 15 minutes to play 22 minutes. Quite frankly, they all go home and [complain] about not playing enough, so now's a chance to play and show us what they've got."
Mike Green has missed the last two games with an upper body injury, and it appears he still won't be ready to go when the Capitals play against the Bruins on Thursday.
But according to Katie Carrera, Mike Green was able to return to practice and skate with the team today. So even though he will be out of the next game he seems to making progress towards a return. Carerra also points out that Michal Neuvirth and Matt Bradley were able to participate in practice as well. There has been no timetable in place for when Green will be able to return for game action.
It's only been one week, and already, the Washington Capitals are a bit banged up. Defensemen Tom Poti and goalie Semyon Varlamov have been hurt at different stretches of the season, but the most important injury has been defensemen Mike Green. Green missed Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators with an upper body injury, and coach Bruce Boudreau said he'll be a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Boston Bruins.
However, it doesn't look like Green is going to play tonight. Via Katie Carerra of the Washington Post:
Coach Bruce Boudreau said ... Mike Green (upper-body injury) is a game-time decision. Green went back out on the ice for extra work with the assistant coaches and remained on the ice long after the other players, so it's probably safe to guess he won't be in the lineup tonight.
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