Right wing Tom Rowe will be left at home with a badly bruised shoulder tonight when the Washington Capitals depart on a four-game road trip. The Capitals will play televised games in Chicago Wednesday, Boston Thursday and Pittsburgh Saturday, then conclude their journey with a Sunday afternoon contest in Detroit.
Rowe was injured late in the first period of Saturday night's 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. He fired a shot as he crossed the New York blue line and, vulnerable as a quarterback who has just thrown a pass, was sandwiched by two Islanders.
Defenseman Yvon Labre, who underwent knee surgery Nov. 8, will return to action Wednesday when he joins the Hershey farm club for a game against Binghamton.
It will not be an unfamiliar setting for Labre, who played 187 games for Hershey, as a Pittsburgh farmhand, before he was selected by the Capitals in the 1974 expansion draft.
Goalie Gary Smith is scheduled to rejoin the Capitals today, after spending two weeks in Hershey. The Bears' goaltender problem was solved when the New York Islanders assigned their Swedish netminder, Goran Hogosta, to Hershey.
Left wing Mike Marson, idle since Jan. 8 because of the flu, is ready to play again.
Left wing Ace Bailey has resumed skating, but it is not known when he will be able to play. He suffered stretched knee ligaments Oct. 28. Left wing Blair Stewart, who underwent knee surgery Sept. 24, is expected to join Hershey in about 10 days.