Capitals’ Nic Dowd Will Be Out For “A Little Bit”

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told the media after Wednesday’s practice that center Nic Dowd will be out for “a little bit” with a lower-body injury after getting placed on injured reserve, which will require him to miss the next four games.

Center Aliaksei Protas was recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Laviolette added that the 31-year-old’s injury, which caused him to leave the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, has nothing to do with the one that kept him out for three games last week. He also said “I don’t think it isn’t anything major.”

Laviolette said that he is hopeful that Dowd will be ready to go by the time the seven days (that he is required to miss due to injured reserve rules) expires.

He also said that the Capitals will take three goaltenders, including Vitek Vanecek and Zach Fucale (who was also recalled from the Bears), on their short two-game road trip, which will start against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caeser’s Arena on Thursday (7:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington. Vanecek appeared to have gotten banged up at the end of Monday’s game but skated on Wednesday.

Fucale said that all he was told was to practice with the Capitals today and bring a suit. The 26-year-old added that he asked for No. 60 for the this season and said it is a full circle moment because he was a fan of former Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore growing up.

The Capitals swapped left-wings Carl Hagelin and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby during In the bottom-six during line rushes.

And finally, Alex Ovechkin was delivering pizza’s at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, all part of a promotion for Papa John’s pizza.

NHL News

* Colorado Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon will miss three weeks with a lower-body injury

* Toronto Maple Leafs C John Tavares (undisclosed injury) will be a game-time decision vs. the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday

* Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel (COVID-19 protocol) will be game-time decisions vs. the Florida Panthers on Thursday

By Harrison Brown

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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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