After two days off since he was shoved into the boards by Anaheim’s Toni Lydman Tuesday and suffered an apparent injury to his right shoulder, Troy Brouwer said he felt good and believed he was ready to get in a game as early as Friday night’s contest in Carolina.
“I’m feeling good, couple days rest was real good for it. Feel strong, feel ready and coming into tonight’s game ready to play,” said Brouwer who was asked if he was good to go against the Hurricanes. “I think so. It’s going to be a decision later on today with Bruce and his coaches and me and we’ll figure it out. I feel I’m ready to go, have no doubts, no worries that I’ll get injured further. I’m ready and I want to play.”
Brouwer took part in the morning skate at RBC Center and came off the ice with those players who anticipate being in the evening lineup — but so did everyone except for Tomas Vokoun, who is expected to back up Michal Neuvirth, along with Mike Green (twisted right ankle) and D.J. King, neither of whom will face the Hurricanes.
Safe to say it’s unclear who will be the other forward scratched against Carolina. While Boudreau said earlier in the week Jeff Halpern would be back, that may not have included the consideration that Brouwer would be ready to play.
“We’re on the same page and for me they’ve given me every indication that I can play,” Brouwer said of his conversations with the Capitals’ athletic training staff. “I feel that I’m good, so I want to play, but like I said: At the end of the day, it’s Bruce’s decision. He’ll make the decision that he thinks is best for the team.”