Despite a scheduled day off Sunday, Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky missed practice Monday morning due to what the team’s PR termed an “upper body” injury.
#Caps Andre Burakovsky (upper body) will not skate today.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 23, 2017
Alex Chiasson got bumped up into the top six during practice while Jakub Vrana skated on the team’s third line.
Lines without Burakovsky:
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) October 23, 2017
It appears the play Burakovsky got hurt occurred Saturday night late in the Capitals’ 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. While digging for a rebound, Burakovsky was hooked in the left hand by Panthers defenseman Ian McCoshen. Down 3-1, the Capitals had a six-on-five man advantage with Philipp Grubauer pulled.
McCoshen was called for hooking and served a two-minute minor to finish the game. Burakovsky was in immediate discomfort after play was whistled dead, taking off his glove and flexing his hand.
Even after a timeout, Burakovsky grimaced in pain, but remained on the ice for his next shift.
After practice, head coach Barry Trotz said that he was unsure if the Swedish forward would be able to join the team on its upcoming west coast road trip.
Trotz says Burakovsky might miss some time. Undecided if he will go on the road trip.
— cara (@carabahniuk) October 23, 2017
The Capitals, who had the fewest man games lost to injury last season, have seen their luck change already this year. The team is already without their best defenseman, Matt Niskanen, who is on long-term injured reserve after suffering an upper body injury himself. Tyler Graovac is also “week to week.”
The Capitals have a four-day break before playing Vancouver Thursday. We’ll see if that’s enough time for Burakovsky to recover, but it doesn’t sound good.
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