Capitals Place Andre Burakovsky on Injured Reserve

The Capitals announced Tuesday morning that they have placed Andre Burakovsky on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury he sustained in the last few minutes in the Capitals’ 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. This comes a week after the team placed defenseman Matt Niskanen on injured reserve. 

With Burakovsky on injured reserve, the Capitals recalled forward Chandler Stephenson  from Hershey. Stephenson made the last few cuts of training camp but was placed on waivers, being sent to Hershey.

Burakovsky has a goal and four points with a -2 rating through the Capitals’ first nine games. He started the year on the second line with T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom but was demoted to the third line with Lars Eller and Brett Connolly.

According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Burakovsky’s injury is retroactive to day injury occurred. Burakovsky will be eligible to return when the Capitals play against the Calgary Flames at the Scotia Bank Saddledome on Sunday night.

Yesterday, coach Barry Trotz said that there was a chance that he would miss “a few games” and he might not be able to come with the Capitals on their upcoming western Canada swing against the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames. They play the Canucks at Rogers Arena at 10 PM in Vancouver on Thursday night.

The Capitals are currently 4-4-1 and hold the 10th place spot in the conference and sixth in the division. They are tied for the second wild-card spot with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders but they each hold the tiebreaker over the Capitals.

The Capitals will need to get healthy soon or else it is going to be a very long season.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Capitals Place Andre Burakovsky on Injured Reserve

  1. Very tough situation for Burakovsky who was poised to have one of his best years. Hoping for a speedy recovery

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