When the Washington Capitals (15-12-1, 31 points) host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3, 39 points) on Tuesday night, they will not have to contend with Flyers winger Claude Giroux, the NHL's points leader with 39. According to Sarah Baicker of Comcast SportsNet, Giroux has a concussion and will be "out indefinitely" as he recovers.
Giroux recorded a goal in the previous meeting between Washington and Philadelphia this season, a 5-2 victory for the Capitals. The Caps improved to 6-0-0 on the season with that win and went on to win their next game, moving their record to 7-0-0 to start the year. Since that time, however, the club has gone 8-12-1 and seen the dismissal of coach Bruce Boudreau.
The 23-year-old Giroux took a knee to the head in Philadelphia's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, which caused the concussion.