Injuries starting to Pile Up for the Caps

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Posted December 31, 2015

Jay Beagle (Caps Outsider)

Every NHL team faces adversity, and the Caps will have it now more than ever so far this season. After the Caps 5-2 win against the Sabres on Wednesday, the Caps received even more bad news regarding injuries.

First, defenseman John Carlson will not be traveling to Carolina for Thursday’s game against the Hurricanes, though he is still considered day-to-day. With Brooks Orpik still out, the Caps’ top defensive line is banged up.

Jay Beagle was hurt Wednesday and will need “upper body surgery” according to Coach Barry Trotz. Beagle averages 14:34 time on ice (via @hockey_ref). Beagle also has a faceoff percentage of 58.1% which is 4th in the NHL. 

Finally, Nicklas Backstom also left Wednesday’s game early and is “day-to-day” but he is not expected to miss a game.

Some good news on the injury front is Michael Latta, who missed the Buffalo game, but is expected to return Thursday.

This next stretch of games, 6 in 10 days (all but the last one on the road), will show how good this team actually is and help determine what might happen down the stretch. Let’s hope nothing is too serious and that they can all return to 100% healthy very soon.