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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Bruce Boudreau estimates Dennis Wideman could return in three weeks

Dennis Wideman was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, as first reported by NHL.com’s Corey Masisak, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said the defenseman’s recovery from a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome appears to be progressing well.

Depending on how Wideman’s recovery goes, Boudreau estimated that he may be able to return to the Capitals’ lineup in three weeks.

Wideman’s “coming along, he’s walking now. I don’t expect him back for this series,” Boudreau said. “He’s a really determined young man. He’s rehabbing it pretty hard right now. He’s a lot better today than he was yesterday. I don’t know if that means anything, but if that rate of recovery is good then it wouldn’t surprise me — [if in] three weeks he’ll be ready.”

Boudreau said he didn’t know when Wideman would begin skating again.

Wideman suffered the leg hematoma on March 26 when he absorbed a knee-to-thigh hit from Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu. He was in the hospital for at least 11 days to have blood drained to alleviate the pressure in his leg from the injury and was discharged on Monday.

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