Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik won’t play Saturday night against the visiting Dallas Stars, missing a second straight game because of an undisclosed lower-body injury. Orpik hasn’t participated in a full practice since the team returned from its western Canada road trip this past weekend.
“Brooks remains day-to-day,” Coach Todd Reirden said Friday. “He will not play tomorrow, so that’s where that’s at.”
Orpik, 38, is averaging the fewest minutes of his career (16:18), though he logged more than 18 minutes in his past two games, at Calgary and Edmonton. In his absence, the Capitals allowed 44 shots and six goals in their loss at Montreal on Thursday. Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey were the team’s third defensive pairing, and while Reirden previously indicated he could shuffle the pair to match them with more veteran partners, they stayed together against the Canadiens.
“I thought they did some good things,” Reirden said. “I think Madison in particular was able to show us his skating. I thought he made some plays offensively — just a couple chances against for them. But for the most part, they limited it. Especially on the road where they have the last change, [the Canadiens] had the ability to put who they want out against them, and I thought they were fine.”
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