Defenseman Nick Jensen, who is labeled as week-to-week with a lower-body injury, participated in the Washington Capitals’ optional practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Thursday. The 31-year-old has missed the past three games and is eligible to return against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Friday (9 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market) based on injured reserve requirements.
Nick Jensen (upper body/week-to-week) is skating in the Capitals’ optional practice today before they travel to Dallas to face the Stars tomorrow.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) January 27, 2022
Right-wing Tom Wilson, defenseman Dmitry Orlov, center Lars Eller, and all three goalies participated in Thursday’s optional practice.
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By Harrison Brown