Both Ovechkin and Johansson play on the power play and will need to be replaced there, likely by forwards Stanislav Galiev and Andre Burakovsky. The Capitals recalled center Zach Sill on Monday morning, and he will likely center the fourth line with Mike Richards potentially moving up to center the third line.
Johansson suffered his upper-body injury during the first period of the Caps’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. His last shift was 12 minutes and 13 seconds into the game, and he was ruled out after that.
After the game, Trotz said he didn’t know the seriousness of Johansson’s injury, and that he hadn’t yet spoken to the training staff. Trotz also said he thought Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas “stepped up on him. He was cutting across to the middle, and he stepped up and got tangled up.”
Since Johansson became the team’s third-line center, moving over from wing after center Jay Beagle needed hand surgery, he has eight points in eight games (he missed two games after being suspended for an illegal hit). Though Johansson plays on the first power-play unit, all but two of those points have been at even strength.
In other injury news, Trotz said defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) is nearing a return to skating with the team, while Beagle (hand) is further away because he hasn’t started shooting yet.