Washington Capitals forward Richard Panik and defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler both left the second period of Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs with upper-body injuries and neither returned.
Panik and Seigenthaler collided with each other in the final minute of second period. Seigenthaler showed signs of pain on the bench, holding his left shoulder.
Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler (upper body) and forward Richard Panik (upper body) will not return and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 17, 2019
The team said that both will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Capitals coach Todd Reirden said team will know more about status of Jonas Siegenthaler (upper body) and Richard Panik (upper body) after they see doctor tomorrow.
Team has day off tomorrow, but they will come in to see doctor.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) October 17, 2019
The good news for the Capitals is that Michal Kempny, who has not played since March 20 and underwent hamstring surgery on April 2, is likely going to return over the weekend.
The Capitals host the New York Rangers on Friday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
If Kempny is unavailable against the Rangers, the Capitals will likely have to recall a defenseman, maybe Martin Fehervary, prior to the game. Center Nic Dowd would likely draw into the open forward spot.
Given the team’s tight salary cap situation, making a move may require some additional maneuvering.
By Harrison Brown