Mikhail Grabovski missed practice on Monday and will not play in the Washington Capitals’ road game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, coach Adam Oates said.
Grabovski, the Capitals’ second-line center, appeared to injure his lower left leg in the 2-1 road loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday when he got tangled up with defenseman Bryce Salvador in the second period.
He did not play Saturday in the Capitals’ 5-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, though Oates said Monday morning he is uncertain as to whether Grabovski would make the three-game, four-day road trip to Buffalo, Columbus and Detroit.
Oates said he thinks the injury, which he would only specify as affecting Grabovski’s lower body, is more serious than the team originally thought.
“Still, it’s one of those injuries that can change fast,” said Oates, who alluded to the problem being with Grabovski’s ankle. “It’s a tough timetable, because you [can’t] put your foot in the boot.”
Brooks Laich replaced Grabovski as the Capitals’ second-line center against the Canadiens, but he did not practice on Monday merely to rest. Martin Erat centered the second line in practice, with Eric Fehr to his left and Troy Brouwer to his right.
Grabovski is third on the Capitals in scoring this season with 33 points off 12 goals and 21 assists.