This season has been a tough pill to swallow for Capitals fans, especially given the performance of the team. However, this can likely be attributed to the long list of players that are hurt.
After losing 3-2 in OT against the Vegas Golden Knights, it has been revealed that Beck Malenstyn has an upper body injury that would be looked at.
Assuming Malenstyn misses the game on Thursday night against Detroit, that would mean that seven Capitals players are injured. Most of which are superstar names, and likely make every NHL team in the league.
Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson were expected to be missing for the majority, if not the entire season this year. However, given the notice the team had, management made excellent moves to patch the holes.
Another player that was hurt going into this season was Carl Hagelin.
After roughly 1/8th of the season, one of the players that Brian Maclellan brought in to fix the injury list, Connor Brown has now been ruled out six (or more) months.
In addition, the American duo of TJ Oshie and John Carlson both were hurt in Nashville. Oshie specifically has had a history of injurys in his career.
As of right now the Capitals injured list consists of: Hagelin, Backstrom, Wilson, Oshie, Carlson, Brown, Malenstyn.
At this point the long list of players hurt will have a more than negative impact on the team’s performance on the ice, in an already competitive fight for playoff spots.
It also brings into question what moves does management have planned for this.
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