The Capitals have been dealing with injuries all season long and, for the most part, have been able to overcome the loss of several key players at times. While it hasn’t been perfect, the Capitals still find themselves fighting for a playoff spot even after trading away several key veterans earlier this month at the trade deadline. The Capitals trail the New York Islanders by five points for the second and final Wild Card spot but have one game in hand. With 13 games left in the regular season, every game and point counts as they try to make a late-season push.
Unforutalny for the Caps, it appears the injury bug has struck again, as defenseman Nick Jensen is set to be a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup against the St. Louis Blues.
While he was at practice for the morning skate today, he was seen taking rushes on the extra pairing alongside John Carlson, who is still working his way back from an injury he suffered toward the end of December when he took a puck to the face. It should be noted that Jensen did not stay on for the extras skate.
Jensen suffered the injury during the Capitals’ last game against the Buffalo Sabres. It is unclear what happened, but Jensen did go back to the locker room later in the third period and did not return for the remainder of the game.
This would be a tough loss for the Caps, as they just got Jensen back from an upper-body injury that held him out for three games.
With Jensen being a game-time decision, the morning practice pairings were Trevor van Riemsdyk and Rasmus Sandin staying together on the top pairing. While Gabriel Carlsson skated with Matt Irwin on the second, and Alex Alexeyev skated with Martin Fehervary on the third.
Washington faces the St. Louis Blues at home tonight at 7 p.m. ET.