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Defenseman Brooks Orpik will travel with Capitals to Philadelphia

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Defenseman Brooks Orpik will travel with the Washington Capitals to Philadelphia for Game 6 of the series, Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday. Orpik hasn’t skated since he suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in Game 3 on Monday night, but Trotz said he’s been exercising.

“It’s very enouraging, yes,” Trotz said. “As a matter of fact, I just talked to him. He’s feeling much better. He had a little workout today. We just go through the process.”

With Orpik not skating all week, it’s unlikely he’d play against the Flyers on Sunday afternoon, as the team won’t skate before a noon puck drop. Trotz said he doesn’t know if Orpik will play in this series, but the series won’t last more than two games.

Trotz was asked on Friday if Orpik suffered a concussion, and he declined to answer the question. When he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Orpik suffered a concussion in 2013 after Boston’s Shawn Thornton slew-footed him to the ice and delivered two punches to his head during a game. He missed eight games then. Orpik missed 40 games earlier this year because of a lower-body injury.

A stay-at-home, physical blue-liner, Orpik is under contract for three more seasons with a $5.5 million cap hit. Taylor Chorney has played on the third defensive pair with Dmitry Orlov with Orpik out.

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