Braden Holtby Practices After Suffering Eye Injury Against Blue Jackets; Christian Djoos Skates Before Practice


Goaltender Braden Holtby was on the ice after leaving in the second period of the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night with an eye injury. He said his vision wasn’t good enough to come back last night but he wasn’t limited in practice today. Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said he wasn’t sure if Holtby will play tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues (7 PM puck drop on NBC Sports Washington) since the team plays a set of back-to-back games and play in one of the toughest buildings in the league the next night in Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators (8 PM puck drop on NBC Sports Washington). 

Reirden said the Capitals won’t make another call up prior to their game against the Blues. He wants to see how Holtby is with sweat in his eye from practice but it looks like he will be well enough to dress tomorrow night, even though he might not play anyway.

Goaltender Pheonix Copley, who will likely start vs. the Blues, was hit by a puck but stayed on the ice.

Center Lars Eller took a maintenance day due to an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Christian Djoos, who has missed the past 14 games after undergoing thigh surgery on December 14, skated before practice.

The Capitals will hold an optional morning skate prior to their game vs. the Blues on Monday.

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3 Responses to Braden Holtby Practices After Suffering Eye Injury Against Blue Jackets; Christian Djoos Skates Before Practice

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  3. Anonymous says:

    With JS playing well, how about CD and AB for a young stud on an ELC? but who?

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