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.
Monday morning, the Capitals recalled forward Paul Carey from AHL Hershey. The announcement comes on the heels of Sunday’s practice in which both Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie did not practice. Both are questionable to play Monday night in Montreal. Call-up Liam O’Brien is also in Montreal per a transaction on Friday.
During three games with the Caps earlier this season, Carey was a dependable player in both zones, tossing three shots on net. While in Hershey, Carey has been a dominant player, posting 25 points in 28 games. That also includes a 19-game point streak from October 26 to December 26.
Let me catch you up: TJ Oshie had a shoulder injury in November. He came back in December and played great. Then, on Saturday night, Oshie got hit in the shoulder by Dion Phaneuf. Oshie went to the locker room for a bit. Then he came back and seemed alright.
Now that you’re all caught up, Dion Phaneuf hit TJ Oshie again, and Oshie is apparently hurt. Again.
The Washington Capitals made it through the first month and a half of the season without injury. And then Friday night happened. Four players went down the tunnel with injuries in a horrifying first period. TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Andre Burakovsky did not return to the game. Tom Wilson was the only player to make it back.
On Saturday, the Capitals announced that Oshie would be out week-to-week while Lars Eller will be out day-to-day with upper body injuries.
The Washington Capitals had a disaster scenario unfold during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings. Four different forwards — TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky, and Tom Wilson — went down the tunnel with injuries. Three of them — Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky — did not return with what Barry Trotz termed as upper-body injuries. Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky will all be reevaluated tomorrow.
In the second period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin left the game after being tripped to the ice by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. The injury was the only buzzkill of the evening in which the Capitals scored a touchdown (plus an extra point) against their biggest rival.
Several minutes later, Ovechkin would return and go out for a shift with the Capitals power play. In the third period, the Russian machine scored his eighth goal of the season.
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