There wasn’t much of an update offered on Dennis Wideman, who suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period last night. But it looks unlikely that the defenseman, who has stepped into a large role for the Capitals since arriving after the trade deadline, will play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
“Right now it’s lower-body injury, day to day,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. As for whether the 28-year-old would face Columbus, Boudreau replied, “I don’t know.”
Typically an injured player who doesn’t skate the day before a game won’t play in that contest, but we’ll know for sure after Thursday’s morning skate if Wideman will be available against the Blue Jackets.
Against Carolina last night, Wideman lost an edge and was falling to the ice when the Hurricanes’ Tuomo Ruutu came into contact with him — Boudreau said Wednesday he didn’t believe it was a high or malicious hit — and the Capitals’ defenseman was slow to get up after the play. Wideman limped off to the dressing room and avoided putting weight on his right foot and leg.
“When you’re falling, you become vulnerable in a lot of positions, you try to protect your fall and everything else,” Boudreau said. “It was just an unfortunate accident.”