Capitals notes: Braden Holtby to work on ‘little things’
Hillen’s shoulder struck the boards after he was hit by Vinny Lecavalier and he did not return.
“I feel for the guy with it being his first year with the team and he was trying to get some ice time,” defenseman Jeff Schultz said. “We wish him a speedy recovery until he can get back out there.”
To take Hillen’s spot, the Caps recalled defenseman Tomas Kundratek from Hershey.
Kundratek led the Bears with 13 goals but also had a team-worst minus-13 rating. He was named an AHL All-Star.
“It’s good,” Kundratek said. “I wish my plus-minus would be a little bit better, but it’s good.”
The 23-year-old played five games for the Caps last season. But Oates explained that one reason Kundratek was recalled was because Washington needed another right-handed defenseman.
“We’re kind of short one,” Oates said. “He played a little bit here last year and just a little bit of balance.”
Oates went with seven defensemen in the season opener, but he said he might go back to the standard six for the Jets game despite having eight defensemen healthy and on the active roster.
• Forward Brooks Laich (groin) could skate with the Caps on Wednesday, Oates said. Laich did not make the trip to Tampa with the team.
• Alex Ovechkin’s fiancee, Maria Kirilenko, lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, 6-2, 6-0. “She lost. It was tough, she just said, ‘It’s impossible to beat her,’” Ovechkin said.
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