Capitals forward TJ Oshie is a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers, and it may be due to an awkward hit he absorbed during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
In the final minute of the second period of Sunday’s game, Oshie attempted to carry the puck into the offensive zone. While Ryan Murray and Matt Calvert tried to force a turnover, Brandon Dubinsky hit Oshie awkwardly along his side and back.
Oshie waved to the bench for a shift change and then went back to the locker room.
The Capitals leading scorer, Evgeny Kuznetsov, was injured in the third period and it was, in a word, horrifying.
After the Minnesota Wild scored a power play goal on a power play that should not have been a power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov and the gang took to center ice for the face off. Kuzy fought for possession of the puck with the Wild’s Mikael Granlund but inevitably lost when he was struck in the face with the butt-end of Granlund’s stick. Kuzy fell to the ground and clutched his nose and mouth in pain.
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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss this year’s All-Star Game and the Caps’ February 2 game against Florida to rest a nagging lower-body injury. Ovechkin was voted by fans to be the captain of the Metropolitan Division All Stars. Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.
After Wednesday’s game, Caps head coach Barry Trotz said the injury has been bothering Ovechkin since mid-November. “If we wanna accomplish what we wanna accomplish we can’t do it without Alex Ovechkin, and that’s the bigger picture,” Trotz said according to Julian Coltre.
Meanwhile Ovechkin was apologetic he could not attend.
“I want to thank the fans for voting me and tell them sorry, but right now our focus to getting ready for the rest of the year,” Ovechkin said, according to NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “It’s hard, because I like to show up, I like the show and do some show, but it sucks.”
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Marcus Johansson left Wednesday’s game after suffering an upper-body injury in the first period.
It’s not apparent exactly what the injury is, but it probably occured when Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds smeared Johansson into the boards halfway into the first period.
Braden Holtby, who has been arguably the NHL’s best player this season, took himself out at the 17:42 mark of the second period. A minute after Holtby gave up a second goal to the Rangers’ Chris Kreider at 17:28, he skated over to an official during a break in play asking to visit with Caps’ head athletic trainer Greg Schmidt.
After a 30 second talk, Holtby took himself out of the game and slowly went down to the lockerroom. He did not appear to sustain an injury on a save.
On Wednesday, Jay Beagle suffered a freak upper body injury against the Buffalo Sabres. Head coach Barry Trotz said after the game Beagle would be out “for an extended period of time.”
This morning, the Caps gave an update on the third-line center’s condition.
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The Washington Capitals managed to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 at First Niagara Center despite missing their entire first defensive pairing in Brooks Orpik and John Carlson. While Orpik been out most of the year with a mystery lower-body injury, Carlson missed his first game in nearly six years after suffering a lower-body injury of his own against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Carlson played 25:11 that evening. On Monday, he was replaced in the lineup by prospect Connor Carrick.
Carlson, who ended a streak of 412 consecutive games, was just 10 games away from matching Bobby Carpenter’s franchise record of 422.
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Thirty-five-year-old Brooks Orpik, the Capitals second highest-paid defenseman, will be sidelined for “a long time.” This information comes via NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire. Orpik has missed the Capitals’ last 14 games due to a lower body injury, which the team had previously characterized as “nothing serious.” Over that time, the Capitals have shot into first place in the division but also seen their 5v5 possession dip. Orpik had been skating nearly 20 minutes a night with John Carlson.
Orpik was injured against the Detroit Red Wings on November 10, leaving the game early in the second period.
During Wednesday’s rivalry night game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, the NBCSN crew– Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and McGuire –began a short conversation about the Capitals, which led to the dropping of the news by McGuire.