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Erskine out

John Erskine missed Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury. The big defenseman appeared to hurt his left hand or wrist in Saturday’s loss at the New York Islanders.

Erskine took warm-ups but was scratched as Tom Poti returned to the lineup. Oates said Erskine met with team doctors but the coach didn’t give any indication how long the 32-year-old would be out.

“Hopefully it’s not long,” Oates said.

The Caps are 0-7 this season when Erskine doesn’t play.

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