Caps Getting Nicked Up

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel

Just three games into the 2010-11 season, the Caps are starting to get a bit dinged up. Defenseman Tom Poti was a late scratch with a lower body injury before Monday night’s 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators. Right wing Matt Bradley left the Ottawa game after three shifts, also because of a lower body injury. And rookie center Marcus Johansson also suffered a lower body injury on Monday night. While Poti and Bradley were termed “day-to-day” after last night’s game, Johansson is “week-to-week” according to Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. Johansson has been ruled out of Wednesday’s homestand-closing game against the New York Islanders and Saturday’s visit to Nashville. Unlike the salary cap-strapped New Jersey Devils, the Capitals have three spare players who are ready to step in, and no salary cap issues that would prevent a recall from AHL Hershey should the need arise. Boudreau says no recalls are imminent because the Caps have nothing but home games and short road jaunts for the next two weeks. Washington does not have a road trip of more than one game in length until it departs for a Carolina-Minnesota-Calgary journey on Oct. 27. The injuries mean left wing D.J. King will make his regular season debut in a Caps sweater on Wednesday against the Isles. King skated on a line with David Steckel and Boyd Gordon at Tuesday’s practice. With Johansson out, Matt Hendricks slid into the center slot between Eric Fehr and Jason Chimera for Tuesday’s practice. Goaltender Dany Sabourin was given Tuesday off to attend to personal family business, and Semyon Varlamov – who started the season on injured reserve and still remains there -- participated fully in practice. Varlamov, who hasn’t played since the pre-season opener in Columbus on Sept. 22, told CSN’s Jill Sorenson that he was 100 percent and ready to return to action. Caps coach Bruce Boudreau told CSN’s Corey Masisak that Michal Neuvirth would get the start on Wednesday against the Fishermen. Neuvirth has been consistently solid in goal for the Caps and will start his fourth straight game. The good people at Japers’ Rink compiled an impressive array of stats that show how well Neuvirth has performed at Verizon Center, particularly while the Caps have been shorthanded. With Poti on the sidelines on Monday, Mike Green logged 31:58 in ice time. That total included 5:28 while the Caps were shorthanded, 8:37 while the Capitals were on the power play and 17:40 of even-strength time. All four of those figures led all skaters on both sides for the night.

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