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Dmitry Orlov missed practice after leaving Coyotes game with lower-body injury

Dmitry Orlov missed practice after leaving Coyotes game with lower-body injury

The Washington Capitals may be missing another key player due to injury.

Dmitry Orlov he did not participate in the team’s practice on Sunday. The 31-year-old defender left Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes with a lower body injury and did not return.

Peter Laviolette, head coach of the Caps he told The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir that the Russian defender is “every day”.

With Orlov out, the Capitals injury list now looks like this:

  • F Beck Malenstyn, finger, 6-8 weeks
  • F TJ Oshie, “indefinite”
  • F Tom Wilson, ACL, expected return around December
  • F Connor Brown, ACL, likely out for season
  • F Nicklas Backstrom, hip rehab, timeline unknown
  • F Carl Hagelin, hip, chronology unknown
  • D John Carlson, the day to day
  • D Dmitry Orlov, the day to day

That’s more than $40 million in box office hits, but a big chunk of $8 million may be close to a return.

Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reported that defenseman John Carlson skated with the team again in a non-contact jersey. The veteran blueliner is eligible to come off injured reserve for the Caps’ game against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday if he is deemed healthy enough to play.

Carlson has missed the past four games with his own lower-body injury.

Without Carlson, the Caps had leaned heavily on Orlov to absorb additional minutes on the backend. Orlov is by far Washington’s ice time leader this season, 30 minutes ahead of Nick Jensen’s 277 after Saturday’s first period. They’ll have to find a new solution if none of the minutes can hold up against Connor McDavid and the Oilers.

Lucas Johansen is the only current extra defender in the squad.

To ease some of the concerns the team faces due to the injury crisis, striker Nicolas Aube-Kubel was taken off waivers of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Aube-Kubel skated with his new teammates for the first time and the scrappy wing lined up with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway on the team’s renowned fourth line of scrimmage.

The next week of games for the Caps it would be a real test for the team even if they were fully healthy let alone in their current state. Their next five include home games against the Oilers, the rival Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then it’s a quick road trip to Florida for another game against the Lightning and one more against the Florida Panthers.

Headline photo: Alan Dobbins/RMNB





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