UPDATE: Should Gordon play – and Donald Brashear isn’t on the ice – he will be making his NHL debut. Gordon has 10 goals and 20 points in 30 games for Hershey this season, after collecting 15 goals and 51 points in his rookie season with the Bears last year.
Gordon was a seventh-round pick in 2004, and he would become the sixth member of that draft class to play for the Caps (joining Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Jeff Schultz, Chris Bourque and Sami Lepisto).
This is Helmer’s second stint with the club. With Mike Green and Tom Poti out (not to mention Jeff Schultz and John Erskine), Helmer will be the team’s third-most experienced NHL defenseman tonight. The Caps will go with four guys from Hershey (Helmer, Karl Alzner, Sean Collins and Tyler Sloan) plus Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn for the second time this season.
As previously mentioned, no Brashear this morning – but David Steckel (cold) is on the ice. Chris Clark is also out there, which could throw a wrinkle into things, but Bruce Boudreau said yesterday he doesn’t expect Clark to play until next week. He would have to come off long-term injury reserve, and there might need to be some roster shuffling to make everything work under the cap (unless someone like Alexander Semin or Sergei Fedorov goes on LTIR in his place).