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.
NEWS – Caps Recall Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears and place Andre Burakovsky on IR.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 24, 2017
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.
IR is retroactive to day injury occurred. So, think Burakovsky would be eligible to play in Calgary, but not sure he’s even going on trip.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) October 24, 2017
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