Aliaksei Protas Will Travel With Capitals On Western Road Trip

The Washington Capitals will embark on their annual western road trip on Wednesday, which will feature stops in Arizona on Thursday, Las Vegas on Saturday and Denver next Tuesday. Capitals forward Aliaksei Protas will also be making the trip with the team.

Protas’ inclusion in the trip is related to the injury that Nic Dowd sustained in Monday night’s game against the Islanders in New York. Dowd left the game early in the first period with a lower body injury and did not return. Dowd also missed Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. It looks to like he will be out for some time.

“He’s going to be out for a bit. He’s still getting evaluations, but you won’t see him tonight. He’ll be a little bit. There will probably be more terminology later,” said Laviolette on Tuesday afternoon.

Protas, 22, has recorded 10 points (3g, 7a) in 41 games with Washington this season. The 6’6″, 235-pound forward has recorded a 54.7 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (444 shot attempts for, 367 shot attempts against) this season, which is the second-highest rate on the team.

Protas, who is waivers-exempt, has three assists in five games played for the Hershey Bears so far this season, since being sent down from Washington on January 7.

Protas practiced with the Bears this Tuesday morning before traveling to Washington. He has not been officially recalled from the Hershey Bears, but is already in Washington. Expect an official announcement and possibly more news on Dowd sometime on Wednesday.

The Bears hit the road for a two-game set in Canada this weekend, beginning on Friday against the Rocket in Laval.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Aliaksei Protas Will Travel With Capitals On Western Road Trip

  1. Anonymous says:

    Go get ‘em Viper!

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