While the Capitals will be without Nicklas Backstrom tonight against Edmonton, right wing Eric Fehr will be back in the lineup for the first time since he suffered a dislocated right shoulder in mid-January.
Fehr missed 22 games after a collision with former-Capitals center David Steckel mid-game on Jan. 14 against Vancouver knocked his shoulder out of place. It was a tough break for Fehr, who had posted five points in the eight games prior to the injury and appeared to be finding his groove.
“I’m really excited to get back into playing,” Fehr said. “It’s been tough watching the last couple months. The guys have done a great job winning games, I just want to be a part of that and try to help out tonight.”
It’s no secret Fehr has been itching to get back for a few weeks now, but with the addition of new players at the trade deadline and the Capitals’ recent success it was a question of when Coach Bruce Boudreau would have the opportunity and choose to put him back in the mix.
With nothing to do but work out with Capitals’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish over the last two months, Fehr said he feels like he’s in better shape at this part of the season than he’s been before. His return could help spark some additional offense for Washington, but Fehr knows it may take a little bit of game-action to get his timing back.
“I think timing will be one of the biggest issues,” Fehr said. “You can practice as much as you want but you can’t practice game situations. That’s something that I’ll be trying to get back as quick as possible.”