Burakovsky, who celebrated his 22nd birthday Thursday night, has 11 goals and 15 assists in 51 games. With less than five minutes left in the first period, Burakovsky blocked a shot by Detroit’s Brendan Smith with his right hand. After hunching over on the bench in pain for several minutes, he went to the locker room to be evaluated and didn’t return.
The Capitals play the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday before beginning a five-day bye week. Trotz said recently that recalled forward Zach Sanford will play against Anaheim with Burakovsky out. The Capitals will consider their options after that. Sanford has played in 20 games with Washington and has one assist.
“We have one game until our break, so Zach Sanford will go in,” Trotz said. “He’s done a really good job in Hershey. We’ll reassess it after that point. We’ve got five days to sort of figure out what we’re going to do there. It’ll probably be a little more longer term. It’ll be a week or two that we can sort of play with, so the next guy that comes up will probably have some time, and we’ll give him some games and we’ll see where we go from there.”