The Washington Capitals’ morning skate in Manitoba forward of Sunday’s tilt with the Winnipeg Jets had slightly little bit of all the pieces, because the staff bought excellent news, unhealthy information and all the pieces in between at one of many wildest practices of the yr.
First, the Capitals bought some optimistic indicators. Darcy Kuemper skated for the first time since struggling an upper-body damage following an elbow to the top from Tyler Toffoli. Nevertheless, he is not going to costume on Sunday and has been positioned on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 3, when he sustained the damage towards the Calgary Flames.
Along with Kuemper, the staff noticed an enormous step in the fitting route with regard to a number of the longer-term names on the shelf. Nicklas Backstrom (hip resurfacing surgical procedure) and Tom Wilson (ACL surgical procedure) had been on the ice for follow in non-contact jerseys. It marks the first time both are travelling with the team this season. Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless methods to go of their respective recoveries. Nevertheless, Laviolette did tell the media that each of them will proceed to journey with the staff going ahead, so there’s positively progress.
Dmitry Orlov was additionally skating on Sunday, however from the way in which issues performed out, indicators level to him lacking his seventeenth straight recreation. He has been working towards in an everyday jersey however has not performed since Nov. 5 towards the Arizona Coyotes.
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Martin Fehervary and Alex Alexeyev didn’t skate. Fehervary is on the IR as he offers with an upper-body damage he suffered towards Calgary. He appred to harm his arm following a tough hit alongside the boards from Milan Lucic. Alexeyev, who left Friday’s recreation after an elbow to the head from Jamie Oleksiak, was additionally absent. He’s now on the IR as properly.
Then, one other obvious ailment struck throughout the skate. Erik Gustafsson left the follow early and didn’t return. It’s unclear if he has an damage, and head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters that his standing is up within the air for Sunday.
With the accidents piling up on the blue line, Washington recalled defensemen Dylan Mcilrath and Lucas Johansen from the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. ET at Canadian Tire Centre.