Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice because of an undisclosed “lower-body” injury, but Coach Todd Reirden said, “at this point,” he expects Orpik will play in Thursday night’s game in Montreal. Orpik was on the ice before practice for a special skills drill with the other defensemen, but he also missed Sunday’s practice for a “maintenance day.” The team was off Monday.

“Waiting to hear more, but today was just maintenance for him, and we’ll reassess tomorrow,” Reirden said.

Orpik has played in every game this season season, and the 38-year-old is averaging the fewest minutes of his career (16:18), though he logged more than 18 minutes in the Capitals' past two games against Calgary and Edmonton. If Orpik does have to miss Thursday’s game, Washington would almost certainly go with a third pairing of Christian Djoos beside Madison Bowey. Bowey has played in just three games, starting the season as the extra defenseman, but he replaced Djoos in the Capitals' game against the Flames on Saturday.

“I liked his game,” Reirden said of Bowey. “I thought he skated really well. I thought his skating was noticeable, and I thought he made some strong plays defending. It’s not easy coming into a game having not played for a while. So, I thought he did some good things in that game, and it was a good building block for him after some time off. I don’t think that somebody deserved to come out of the lineup, but it was more of a situation where we wanted to get him in.”

Center Travis Boyd, who injured his left foot blocking a shot in the preseason, is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve against the Canadiens on Thursday, but it’s unclear if he’ll play even if he’s medically cleared. To activate him, the Capitals would have to make a corresponding move to clear both roster and salary-cap space. In Tuesday’s practice, Boyd participated as the extra skater.

“He’s also getting looked at this afternoon,” Reirden said. “We’ll have a better plan tomorrow with him, so it’s just doctors and trainers deciding what the right time to get him back going here. He continues to progress, so he’s definitely on the right track.”

Speaking of Travis Boyd ...

The Capitals had their Halloween karaoke party at Mari Vanna on Monday night. Boyd might have had the most amusing costume, dressing up as former Capitals coach Barry Trotz. Alex Ovechkin captured Boyd in his Trotz glory when Boyd and Nathan Walker sang Men At Work hit “Down Under.”

“My big thing was hoping Barry didn’t see it,” Boyd said. “I didn’t mean any disrespect by it. I just thought the boys would get a good hoot out of it, and to be honest, it was actually a pretty last-minute thing. I didn’t really have it until earlier that afternoon when I came up with the idea. I kind of threw it together a little bit. I hope he thought it was funny. I got quite a few laughs. The boys definitely liked it, and that’s what I was going for, so I think it worked out pretty well.”

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