The Washington Capitals have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, but it appears their lineup won’t get any more depleted, as Coach Barry Trotz said Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson and Michael Latta are all expected to play against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
Latta was a late scratch on Sunday night with an arm injury, and Burakovsky said he got hurt when he crashed into the boards awkwardly against the Ottawa Senators. Both fully participated in practice on Tuesday. Tom Wilson did not participate because of a lower-body injury sustained Sunday, but was on the ice before practice. Trotz said he took a maintenance day.
“He had tweaked a lower-body in the game the other day, so we just kept him off,” Trotz said. “Didn’t want to aggravate it. He should be fine.”
Latta said his arm injury, related to the one he suffered in a fight against Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers, has been nagging for a while. After he took rushes in warmups on Sunday, he told Trotz he didn’t think he’d be able to help the team. He added that “it’s nothing serious.”
“When you have the puck, you’re kind of thinking about it all of the time, I guess,” Latta said. “I’ve just got to battle through it. Everyone goes through it. We’re hitting the injury bug right now, so we’ve just got to battle through it, and I’ve got to get back for the boys because we are short on numbers right now.”
Trotz said Burakovsky got “jolted” against the Senators on Sunday when he went into the boards, but he’s gotten “readjusted.” Burakovsky said he still felt sore on Tuesday, but it was much better than Monday.
“I think my hips moved a little bit when I ran into the boards there,” Burakovsky said. “It was just trying to put the hips back. [The doctor] did a great job with that, and that’s why I could practice today. Yesterday, I could barely walk, but today, I feel good.”
Defenseman John Carlson (lower-body injury) skated more than an hour before Tuesday’s practice, but Trotz said he doesn’t have a timetable for his return.
“When he’s ready, we’ll put him in,” Trotz said. “He hasn’t practiced with us, so he’s a ways away here.”