Another Defenseman Down: Erik Gustafsson Day-to-Day With Upper-Body Injury

The Capitals have certainly been hit hard with injuries to defensemen, as of late. Workhorse Dmitry Orlov had been out since November 5, but returns tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. Young blueliner Martin Fehervary is on injured reserve, and former first-round pick Alex Alexeyev was injured on Friday night versus the Seattle Kraken.

This morning there was another casualty, as offseason addition Erik Gustafsson was injured during morning skate and left the ice  early.

The Caps have announced that Gustafsson, who signed a one-year deal in free agency with the club, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, leaving Nick Jensen and Trevor van Riemsdyk as the only two Caps’ d-men to suit up for every game this season.

Orlov returns after an absence of 16 games, his longest stretch out of the lineup since the 2014-15 season. Gustafsson, 30, has recorded 10 Assists in 29 Games Played this season, averaging 19:11 of ice time a night.

By Diane Doyle

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Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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6 Responses to Another Defenseman Down: Erik Gustafsson Day-to-Day With Upper-Body Injury

  1. Jonathan says:


    uh. What is April fools on Dec 11?

  2. DC Scappeli says:

    Crazy….at some point, the injury bug has to die and hit some other team, right? Maybe it’s best to get the injuries out of the way now (not that it’s ever good) and get everyone back for the home stretch? As long as they can still get some points and be in the race for a playoff spot, but jeez

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