The Washington Capitals summoned defenseman Doug Hicks from Hershey yesterday and received a favorable medical report on defenseman Timo Blomqvist, who will be in uniform for tonight's contest at New Jersey (WDCA-TV-20 at 7:30).
Although this was the fourth time Hicks has been recalled this winter, he has played only five games for Washington. He was needed because Randy Holt must serve a one-game suspension for receiving his third game misconduct of the season during Saturday's 4-3 victory over Philadelphia.
Blomqvist missed that contest after straining a knee in Thursday's 4-3 triumph over the New York Rangers.
"I could have played, but I had a problem turning to come back," he said. "I wanted to rest it and be sure I'm all right, not take a chance on getting hit and missing the season."
Defenseman Brian Engblom's left eye, bloodied by a puck in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Edmonton, was examined yesterday and he is expected to be able to play Saturday at Long Island. Final approval awaits a further check Wednesday.
Right wing Craig Laughlin, whose shoulder was separated in the Edmonton game, and defenseman Scott Stevens, victim of a hyperextension of the elbow against the Rangers, are considered questionable for Saturday.
Center Bob Carpenter, who incurred a slight crack in his left wrist when slashed by one of the Flyers, will play tonight protected by a soft cast.
The National Hockey League trading deadline arrives today at noon and General Manager David Poile said he doubted the Capitals would be involved in any last-minute deals, despite the current defensive crunch.
"Nobody has been calling trying to take advantage of it," Poile said. "We're always complaining about not getting enough publicity. Maybe nobody knows we have injuries."
There is a possibility Washington will be facing an original Capital tonight, since goalie Ron Low, the chief target in the nets here during the desperate years of 1974-77, joined the Devils two weeks ago. He dropped a 5-1 decision to the Islanders Saturday, then Chico Resch played in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Rangers.
This is the sixth meeting of the teams. Washington has won four in a row following a 2-2 tie.