Marcus Johansson was not on the ice for Monday’s Washington Capitals practice, two days after being a healthy scratch against the Florida Panthers. He’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to coach Adam Oates, and won’t go on the Florida road trip.
But was Johansson a healthy scratch? He took part in a lengthy scratches skate Saturday morning.
Asked when the 22-year-old Swede got injured, Oates said: “Kind of last time he played. It’s been bugging him but last time he played.”
That was Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Penguins. Talking about why Johansson wasn’t playing Saturday, Oates pointed to the forward’s performance in that game.
“We need more execution and didn’t get enough in Pittsburgh,” Oates said. “I think his confidence might be one of the problems.”
Johansson has one power-play goal but just four shots and is a team-worst minus-7.
Oates said Johansson would not be on the flight to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., that the Caps were taking Monday afternoon. That doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t meet the team, possibly in Tampa, but Johansson not going on the trip could be saying more than the team is letting on about his status.