Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen played 10 minutes, 20 seconds on Wednesday night — more than 12 minutes below his average. That’s because a nasty collision with Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas forced Niskanen out in the second period.
The Caps report Niskanen has suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
“Obviously it’s a hand injury,” Trotz said. “He’s going to be out until probably mid to the later part of March. No surgery. He’ll have plenty of games to get back.”
When asked if Burakovsky had any broken bones in his hand, Trotz replied, “I’m not a doctor. I’m going to say he has a hand injury.”
Five hours earlier, in an interview with DC101’s Elliot in the Morning, defenseman Brooks Orpik said Burakovsky broke his hand.
Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz had some bad news regarding Andre Burakovsky’s injured right hand. While speaking to reporters after practice Friday afternoon, Trotz revealed that Burakovsky’s hand injury is significant and will keep him out of action until mid to late March (four to six weeks).
In the first period, Andre Burakovsky blocked a shot with his right hand. Burakovsky returned to the bench, but would be unable to continue in the game. Burakovsky’s hand appeared badly bruised when captured by CSN Mid-Atlantic cameras, and the Swede grimaced in pain when Head Athletic Trainer Greg Smith flexed his hand.
After the game, Barry Trotz updated the media on Burakovsky’s injury and it does not sound good.
Wednesday night, Justin Williams was a surprise scratch. The 35-year-old winger did not skate during pregame warmups and later was announced to have a lower-body injury. Jay Beagle, Barry Trotz’s “Mr. Fix It,” took Williams’ spot on the second line.
After the Caps 5-3 victory over the Boston Bruins, Trotz commented on Williams’ injury. He did not reveal much.
Justin Williams, the Capitals’ third-leading scorer (17 goals), will miss Wednesday night’s rivalry game against the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury. Williams was unable to take warmups.
That’s bad news because Williams has dominated lately with the NHL’s first star of January, Evgeny Kuznetsov. Since the New Year, the three-time Stanley Cup champion has been the team’s finisher on the second line, ranking third in the entire NHL with eight goals. He’s also scored 15 goals in his last 26 games. According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, Williams had appeared in 425 of his last 426 games over the last 6 seasons.
Hershey Bears’ left wing Nathan Walker was on the verge of his first career promotion. Now he will sit for the next four to six weeks due to an unlucky injury.
On Saturday, Walker broke his hand after blocking a shot in the Bears 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.
The tiny but pugnacious Australian has tallied nine goals and 10 assists this season with the Bears, after getting a career best 41 points last season.
Dmitry Orlov scored two goals on Monday. Tuesday, he felt the pendulum strike back in Ottawa.
During a late second period dump-in, Senators forward Ryan Dzingel attempted to level Orlov with a big hit late. Instead, Orlov countered and knocked Dzingel over. As Dzingel fell to the ice, he fell awkwardly and his stick struck Orlov in the side of the head.
On Sunday, January 15, John Carlson left the Capitals game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury. He has not played since.
At Monday morning’s press availability, head coach Barry Trotz announced that Carlson might not play again until January 31, after the All-Star Game break.
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