Capitals’ Michal Kempny’s Timeline To Be Clearer Later This Week

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Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden told reporters that defenseman Michal Kempny’s recovery timeline will be known later this week. He is currently out indefinitely with a lower-body injury suffered from a hit into the boards by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette in a scrum during the second period in the Capitals’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning on March 20.

The team is still waiting to get medical test results back to see how long Kempny will be out for and whether or not his injury will require surgery. The Capitals will make an official announcement on his timeline when they know those details.

He will likely miss the Capitals’ final three games of the regular season in addition to some time in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Without Kempny, defenseman Christian Djoos has skated in his spot next to John Carlsonon the defensive top-pairing the past two games. Defenseman Nick Jensen, who was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings last month, has also seen some time next to Carlson recently.

Kempny leads the Capitals with a +24 rating and has set career-highs with six goals and 25 points while averaging 19:11 worth of ice-time per game. Losing him is a huge blow for the Capitals.

Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler was recalled by the Capitals from the AHL’s Hershey Bears last week and is currently the team’s seventh defenseman, though he could get some time in the final few games if the Capitals decide to rest a few of their defenseman.

Kempny missed two preseason games and the first two games of the regular season with a concussion suffered from a hit by St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo on September 25.

He posted two goals, five points, and a +1 rating while playing all 24 games in the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup last season.

Capitals’ Lines at Florida Panthers on Monday night

 

Forward Brett Connolly will draw back into the lineup after missing the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Lightning on Saturday due to an illness. Center Travis Boyd will be a healthy scratch.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

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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1 Response to Capitals’ Michal Kempny’s Timeline To Be Clearer Later This Week

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    For his cheap shot on Kempny, Cedric Paquette got off easy in the TBL game vs. Caps on Saturday night. Some Caps forward popped him a pretty good one early in the first period, but in a 1979 Caps game he would have incurred at least one retaliatory hockey fight

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