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Two weeks after returning from a lower-body injury, the Capitals may be without Marcus Johansson yet again. The 25-year-old Swede missed Monday’s morning skate ahead of the Capitals’ matchup with the Coyotes. According to Caps head coach Barry Trotz, Johansson is sick. He did not come to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for off-ice meetings or video work.
“I don’t know. He’s at home,” Trotz deadpanned when asked how Johansson was doing.
“We expect him to show up [to Verizon Center] tonight.” Trotz added. “He felt a little under the weather this morning. We gave him some meds and we’ll see how he is.”
After losing Johansson for five games due to injury and two because of a suspension by the league, the Capitals are familiar with how to cover for his loss.
“We’ll probably put [Mike Richards] there” if Johansson does not play, Trotz said. Richards took Johansson’s spot during morning line rushes while Andre Burakovsky took his spot on the first power play unit. Johansson, however, may be in the lineup after all.
“Right now he’s probable,” the coach said of Johansson.
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