Eric Fehr isn’t taking part in the morning skate Tuesday in Arlington and will miss the Capitals’ game against the New York Islanders.
The right wing suffered what the team will only describe as an upper-body injury in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout win at the Rangers, but Coach Adam Oates said Tuesday he hopes Fehr will be ready to play by the weekend.
Oates would only say that Fehr’s injury is not another shoulder problem. The 27-year-old Winkler, Manitoba, native has been sidelined multiple times with shoulder injuries during his career and has undergone three different surgeries (twice on his right shoulder, once on his left).
With Fehr out, Wojtek Wolski will be back in the lineup for the first time since March 12 against Carolina. Wolski has sat out seven consecutive games as a healthy scratch and eight of the past nine games. In 23 games this season, Wolski has two goals, two assists and is a minus-1.
Braden Holtby gets the nod against the Islanders and will make a sixth consecutive start as the Capitals continue to roll with the 23-year-old. Oates said that Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t started since March 16 at Boston, will start one of the two back-to-back games this weekend either at Buffalo on Saturday or at Philadelphia on Sunday.
Here’s what the lineup looked like in the morning skate: