Andre Burakovsky Injury Update


Andre Burakovksy left the game last night with a hand injury. It came in the first period as he took a shot to his right hand. Trotz said last night that he could miss some time and after practice he provided an update. 

As expected, Burakovksy wasn’t on the ice for practice on Friday. When practice concluded, Trotz confirmed that Burakovsky will be out till mid to late March. Trotz also said there won’t be any surgery needed.

Jay Beagle will play in tomorrow’s game, so the only change to the lineup is Zach Sanford on the third line taking over for Burakovksy.

“Obviously they’re (the third line is) on fire. They’ve been lighting it up lately and hopefully I can step in in Burkie’s spot and bring some size and speed to that line and just keep working like they’ve been. And I think things will keep going good with me joining,” said Sanford.

Lars Eller will be taking Burakovksy’s spot on the second power play unit.

“He’s obviously a big piece of this team,” Eller told reporters. “Especially as well as he’s played the last month or two. He’s gonna be missed but I think Sanford or whoever is gonna fill in that spot and is gonna be capable of contributing. In the big scheme of things, I think we’ll be alright.”

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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