Christian Djoos Injury Update

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The Capitals announced that defenseman Christian Djoos is day-to-day after being re-evaluated Wednesday afternoon. Djoos left Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators in the second period with an upper-body injury. He didn’t practice on Thursday and Head Coach Barry Trotz said he won’t play tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche. 

Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reported the news from Denver.

Djoos played 5:48 on 11 shifts. After he exited, several defensemen saw more playing time including Madison Bowey, who played a career-high 17:17. Matt Niskanen also played 20:33 in his first game back, while Dmitry Orlov was in John Carlson territory with 27:07, his highest total in 10 games.

Djoos came into Tuesday’s game tied with Carlson with the most goals by a defenseman on the Capitals with two. He was also sixth in average ice time among Capitals defensemen with 14:08.

Right after getting Matt Niskanen back on the blueline, this is a big blow to the Capitals. Not only will Djoos not play tomorrow night, Trotz said there’s no timetable for his return quite yet.

By Michael Marzzacco

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