It’s not quite to the point where the Washington Capitals can consider themselves a banged-up team, but the injury list does feature a handful of players.
Roman Hamrlik and Alexander Semin are with the Caps on their road trip to face the Florida Panthers and then the Ottawa Senators, while Mike Green stayed back in the D.C. area, according to a team spokesman.
Hamrlik missed the past two games with what coach Dale Hunter called a lower-body injury. He’s officially listed as day-to-day, though he hasn’t skated since Thursday.
Semin missed Saturday night’s game with a right shoulder injury. He’s also considered day-to-day.
Green is more like week-to-week at this point with a strained right groin. The defenseman has been skating a lot lately, but not with teammates yet.
Jay Beagle, who’s on the Caps’ injured list, is week-to-week and has no timetable to return to game action, though the forward sounded optimistic about playing this season after skating for 15 minutes Saturday.
Neither Green nor Beagle skated Sunday, a team spokesman confirmed Sunday night. It was a day off, not a setback.
The Caps’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Senators improved them to 4-0-1 on Saturdays at Verizon Center this season. That’s the good news.
The bad news is Washington doesn’t host another Saturday home game until … wait for it … almost April. OK, it’s March 31 against the Canadiens, but that feels like lightyears from now.
In that time, there are a few Friday night and Saturday afternoon home games, but anything played on a Saturday will take place outside the friendly confines of Chinatown.
Since Dale Hunter took over as coach, John Carlson has either led the Caps in ice time or been a close second. Carlson also happens to be the player on this team Hunter coached the longest while in London of the Ontario Hockey League. Much more on that, and Dennis Wideman’s link, later this week in The Washington Times. Also coming this week: stories on Mike Knuble, Jason Chimera and an aggressive penalty kill predicated on something simple.