Christian Djoos was a bright spot on a troubled Caps blue line, but two shadows fell on him in 2018-19: one a serious leg injury, the other some bad bounces in big games.
After the Carolina Hurricanes throttled the Caps in Game Three, something had to change.
To that end, Todd Reirden has shuffled all of his lines and the bottom defensive pair to get the Caps back to their winning ways in Game Four.
The only thing that has remained the same from Game Three are the top two defensive pairs. Courtesy of Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post:
Tuesday night, Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky, and Christian Djoos attended a DC United game at Audi Field. The trio went onto the field prior to the match-up against the Montreal Impact.
The Djoos is finally loose again.
After the Caps acquired Nick Jensen from the Detroit Red Wings before the trade deadline, Christian Djoos will finally get a look on the third pair with the newly-acquired defenseman.
Brooks Orpik is the night’s healthy scratch. Orpik has not missed a game since January 23 and has played in 22 consecutive games.
In his pregame media availability, head coach Todd Reirden has confirmed that defender Nick Jensen will make his debut as a Washington Capital in today’s game against the New York Rangers.
Jensen will initially pair with Brooks Orpik, replacing Christian Djoos in the lineup.
Christian Djoos made his grand return to the lineup Saturday after missing 24 games due to a thigh injury and surgery for compartment syndrome.
Djoos wasted no time getting back in the scoresheet, tallying his first goal since [blows off dust from sports almanac] December 30, 2017 — a 61-game goalless streak.
He scored one-handed.
I’m serious. You have to see this.
As Nicklas Backstrom arrived at Capital One Arena ahead of the LA Kings game, he did not want to show off his suit.
Instead. Backstrom held up a Christian Djoos’s jersey to the camera.
The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from his conditioning stint in Hershey on Friday. Jonas Siegenthaler, the only waiver exempt player on the Capitals roster for the 2018-19 season, was re-assigned to the Hershey Bears to make space for Djoos’ return.
At Saturday’s morning skate, Djoos was skating on the third pair with Orpik, suggesting he will get a sweater when the Capitals play the Florida Panthers tonight. Djoos has not yet been officially activated from long-term injured reserve.
On Friday morning, the Washington Capitals announced that they had recalled defenseman Christian Djoos back to Washington from his conditioning stint with their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
Djoos has not appeared in a Caps game since December 11 against the Detroit Red Wings.
More good news on the Christian Djoos front. Since suffering from compartment syndrome after an injury on December 11, 2018, the defender has made steady progress, returning to practice this week. On Sunday the Caps announced Djoos will report to the Hershey Bears for a conditioning stint before he returns to NHL play.
Update, 11:30 AM: Per Steve Whyno, Todd Reirden says Djoos will play for Hershey today and will return to the Caps mid-week.
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