Capitals dealing with injuries to Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie

WINNIPEG — The Washington Capitals might be considerably shorthanded after a bruising Three-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night time. Along with being with out best goaltender Braden Holtby, who suffered an undisclosed “upper-body” damage Wednesday morning, middle Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie each suffered conceivable concussions all the way through the sport.

Kuznetsov was once clipped within the head via Brandon Tanev’s elbow within the first length, and regardless that he performed at the resulting energy play for an unlawful take a look at to the pinnacle, he then went again to the locker room for an analysis and didn’t go back. With six targets and 15 assists, Kuznetsov is Washington’s main scorer. With out him, Lars Eller focused the highest line with captain Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson.

“It was once extra precautionary,” Reirden mentioned. “Clearly, a blow to the pinnacle. We need to proceed to judge him [Thursday], however we would have liked to verify he didn’t go back to the sport this night.”

Whilst the NHL Division of Participant Protection is carefully reviewing Tanev’s hit on Kuznetsov, whether or not it leads to supplemental self-discipline for a contravention of Rule 48 will come down as to if Kuznetsov materially modified the location of his physique or head straight away sooner than or concurrently with the hit in some way that considerably contributed to the pinnacle touch. As a result of Kuznetsov stops swiftly and rotates his physique and head straight away sooner than Tanev making touch, it’s most probably Tanev may not be suspended.

The Division of Participant Protection may be analyzing Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey’s play on Oshie within the ultimate minute of the sport, when Washington had goaltender Pheonix Copley at the bench for an additional attacker. After each avid gamers skated into the nook, Morrissey slammed Oshie right down to the ice, and Oshie’s head hit the outside. He got here up woozy, particularly relating to as a result of Oshie has 4 reported concussions in his occupation, together with one ultimate season.

“It’s one thing I believe the league goes to have a look at,” Reirden mentioned. “It’s very similar to a scenario that came about in Vancouver previous within the 12 months — a prone participant that’s thrown to the ice. … We’ll see and take a look at in on T.J. I’ve now not talked to our instructor this night for the reason that finish of the sport, so I’m now not certain precisely the place issues stand with him.”

Reirden alluded to when Florida’s Mike Matheson compelled Vancouver rookie Elias Petersson right down to the ice, inflicting Pettersson to endure a concussion. Matheson was once suspended two video games for interference/unsportsmanlike habits, and whilst there are some variations between Wednesday night time’s incident and the Pettersson one — this wasn’t an act of retaliation on Oshie and the puck was once within the space — an individual with wisdom of the Division of Participant Protection’s pondering mentioned there have been additionally sufficient similarities.

As for Holtby, Reirden mentioned he were given harm when he and goaltending trainer Scott Murray went at the ice in Winnipeg of Wednesday morning, and the Capitals will evaluation him once more on Thursday morning sooner than deciding if they’ve to recall some other goaltender from the American Hockey League. Prospect Vitek Vanecek is recently out with an damage, in order that would go away Ilya Samsonov, the crew’s 2015 first-round pick out, as the best choice. Washington began Pheonix Copley towards the Jets, and the crew signed Gavin McHale, a goaltending trainer for the College of Manitoba’s ladies’s hockey crew, because the emergency backup.

The Capitals have an off day in Denver on Thursday, and so they play the Avalanche on Friday night time.

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