Down A Defenseman: Justin Schultz Leaves Capitals’ Game Against the Nashville Predators With Upper-body Injury

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While an early goal by hometown forward Joe Snively got the Washington Capitals off to a good start against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, the Caps lost defenseman Justin Schultz early to injury.

The Capitals announced that Schultz would not return for the remainder of the game, citing an upper-body injury.

Schultz played just 4:50 on a night in which Capitals Head Coach and former Predators bench boss Peter Laviolette, Assistant Coach Kevin McCarthy, and defenseman Matt Irwin were honored by the Nashville faithful. It is unclear exactly how Schultz was injured.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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