The Capitals said defenseman Dennis Wideman was discharged from a local hospital Monday after being treated there for a hematoma and compartment syndrome in his right leg.

Wideman has been out since suffering the injury March 29, when he absorbed a knee-to-thigh hit by Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.

Capitals General Manager George McPhee said last week that despite the serious nature of the injury, Wideman’s leg “muscle’s in really good shape, so it’s just a matter of things coming together and him feeling better.”

Coach Bruce Boudreau has said the team expects Wideman to miss at least the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The news of Wideman’s release from the hospital was first reported by TSN, a Canadian English language sports network.