The NHL has a bug going around, and now it’s hit the defense of the Washington Capitals. The team announced Friday that defenders Michal Kempny and Radko Gudas will not skate this morning and will be game-time decisions for tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In case they cannot play, the team has called up defender Christian Djoos from the Hershey Bears.
From the Caps:
#Caps Michal Kempny (illness) and Radko Gudas (illness) will not skate this morning. Both players will be game time decisions.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 27, 2019
Djoos has not played an NHL game since Game Three of the Caps-Hurricanes series last year. He has three goals and 15 assists this season for the Bears, who will play in Utica tonight without him.
It’s loose. The Djoos. pic.twitter.com/c6yYBCTHye
— Washington ☃️ Capitals (@Capitals) December 27, 2019
Two years ago Columbus coach John Tortorella once coached through the flu. Last week, Philadelphia defender Ivan Provorov played through the flu. I’m including this context to explicitly discourage everyone reading from working when sick with a very contagious disease. Thank you.
From the Caps:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
This season with Hershey, Djoos, 25, has recorded 18 points (3g, 15a) in 25 games and is tied for 10th among AHL defensemen in assists. The 6’0”, 180-pound defenseman played in 45 games with the Capitals last season, recording 10 points (1g, 9a). In 108 career NHL games, all with the Capitals, the Gothenburg, Sweden, native has recorded 24 points (4g, 20a).
Djoos was selected by the Capitals in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. He is the son of former NHL defenseman Par Djoos, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers and recorded 33 points (2g, 31a) in 82 career games.
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