Troy Brouwer is sick and was told to take the morning off ahead of the Capitalsâ€™ game against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center.
Itâ€™s possible Brouwer will be ready to suit up against the Bruins, but if not the Capitals could always bring Wojtek Wolski, who was a healthy scratch in Winnipeg, back into the lineup. Wolski did not take part in the scratches skate Tuesday morning but that’s likely a precaution in case Brouwer isn’t well enough to play.
“He felt better today. He just stayed home because he didn’t get much rest,” Oates said, citing Brouwer’s season-high ice time of 21:13 against Winnipeg. “Iâ€™m wondering if just because he played a ton in Winnipeg, right? And then we traveled and the schedule, so he’s resting today and hopefully he’ll be good tonight. We need him.”
Every defensemen except for Mike Green (groin) is on the ice this morning, including recent signee and call up Steve Oleksy, who is slated to make his NHL debut against the Bruins.
Oleksy signed a three-year, two-way contract with the Capitals Monday worth $1.6 million at the NHL level and from the look of things at the morning skate he will likely be paired with Tom Poti. Expect that Jeff Schultz, who took part in extra work, will be a healthy scratch.
More to come on why the Capitals brought up Oleksy, including how Oates expects him to contribute, coming up on the blog shortly.
Injured center Marcus Johansson and defensemen Jack Hillen, both out with what the team describes as an upper-body injury, are both on the ice for the morning skate as well. Johansson said he was scheduled to take a test Tuesday in order to be cleared for contact.
Hereâ€™s what the forward lines looked like this morning:
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