Troy Brouwer missed Wednesday’s practice even after a team day off Tuesday, but he appeared to have no problems Thursday and will be in the lineup against the Florida Panthers.
Brouwer shook off concerns about the day away and said he’s ready to go for full-time action.
“Absolutely. Just a little day off to rest and recover a little bit more,” he said. “I felt great in practice today.”
Brouwer took an elbow to the head from Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly last week and then appeared to go shoulder-first into the boards Monday on a hit from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brian Lee that drew an interference penalty.
“Guys are playing real hard at this time of the year and those kinds of things happen,” Brouwer said. “The elbow with the Kelly, I don’t think it was intentional, pretty accidental. It was just one of that gets you in a good spot.”
Dale Hunter had no doubt Wednesday that Brouwer would play.
“He’s a tough guy, though, you know? He’s one of those guys that blocks a lot of shots,” the Caps’ coach said. “He’s one of the most hits in the league. And he takes his hits, too. If you go in the corner you’re going to get hit, too. So he’s one of these power forwards that every coach loves to have on their team.”