Carl Hagelin and Nic Dowd will both miss tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Both remain out with upper-body injuries.
“Neither of them will play tonight,” head coach Todd Reirden said after practice. “Hagelin continues to skate and is getting closer than Dowd is right now.”
Reirden was asked if the team was considering putting Hagelin, who will be missing his sixth game tonight, on long term injured reserve.
“We’ve thought about a few different things but we’re not in a position to do that right now,” Reirden said.
Hagelin skated in a non-contact jersey again this morning. He continues to progress, per Reirden, but will miss a sixth straight game vs. ANA. #Caps
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Reirden reiterated that Dowd remains day-to-day but the injury has been more serious than the team thought.
“Just kind of taken a different course than we expected,” Reirden said. “He hasn’t been able to skate for the last couple of days.”
Context to Hagelin’s upper-body injury is unknown while Dowd hurt himself after crashing into the boards against the Philadelphia Flyers. Dowd suffered a laceration on his left hand. A few weeks earlier, Dowd also injured his leg against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Over the weekend, the Capitals sent down backup goaltender Ilya Samsonov and defenseman Tyler Lewington to Hershey to be able to recall and play a twelfth forward, Travis Boyd. Boyd scored in his first game back against the Bruins.
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Monday, Reirden promoted Boyd to the third line for the Capitals game against the Ducks.
Capitals expected lines vs Anaheim:
*Boyd with the move up to the third line
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“I thought he’s been able to create offense,” Reirden said while saying the bump up was about matchups too. “In terms of third line vs third line and fourth line vs fourth line with Anaheim’s setup is a little bit more by design. He continues to create when he’s up here and help out on faceoffs when he’s in that situation. We’ll take a look at that combination tonight.”
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