Marcus Johansson did not take part in Capitals practice because of an upper-body injury and will not travel with the team to Florida Monday afternoon, Coach Adam Oates said.
Oates criticized the 22-year-old Swede’s play Saturday, the same day that Johansson was considered a healthy scratch for the Capitals’ game against the Florida Panthers. Saturday morning, Johansson completed a tough and lengthy scratches workout with the Capitals’ assistant coaches and there was no indication the forward was injured.
“Kind of last time he played. It’s been bugging him but last time he played,” Oates said of when Johansson suffered the injury, adding that it’s possible the forward could have made the injury worse during the scratches skate. “Aggravate it, yeah, maybe. Or he was trying to loosen it up.”
In nine games this season, Johansson has just one goal and is a team-worst minus-7 rating. He’s bounced around from top-six roles to the fourth line in the span of those contests, with inconsistent play preventing him from finding a fit with any unit.
The Capitals are sticking with the same line combinations that played well in the 5-0 win over Florida Saturday. If you need a reminder, they’re listed below.
All eight defensemen on the active roster, including Tom Poti, are present and accounted for, as are both Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth. Also, Brooks Laich (groin) took part in the practice session with his teammates and will make the trip to Florida.