Washington Capitals injuries

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When a player is injured, his team can either retain him on their active roster, counting towards the 23-man active roster limit, or place him on the Injured Reserve List (IR).

Lars Eller - Personal
Eller was away from the team due to the birth of his child. He has returned, but he will not play against the Islanders in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round.
out - Out Wed
Updated 2020-08-11 11:57:52
out - Out Wed
Updated 2020-08-11 11:57:52
John Carlson - Undisclosed
Carlson is nursing an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Islanders.
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2020-08-09 19:52:17
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2020-08-09 19:52:17
Nicklas Backstrom - Undisclosed
Backstrom is tending to an unspecified injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in the Eastern Conference round robin against the Bruins.
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2020-08-09 08:29:45
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2020-08-09 08:29:45
Ilya Samsonov - Undisclosed
Samsonov is sidelined with an unspecified injury and will miss the remainder of the season.
out - out for season
Updated 2020-07-25 08:29:01
out - out for season
Updated 2020-07-25 08:29:01
Ilya Kovalchuk - Acquired
Kovalchuk was traded for, and it is up in the air if he will take part in Tuesday's contest with the Jets.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2020-02-25 07:11:23
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2020-02-25 07:11:23
Brenden Dillon - Acquired
Dillon was recently acquired in a trade, but it is projected that he will make his team debut against the Canadiens on Thursday.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2020-02-20 11:19:02
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2020-02-20 11:19:02
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Upper Body
Kuznetsov has been held out of the previous three games due to an upper-body injury, but it is likely that he will return to action Thursday against the Canadiens.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2020-02-20 08:57:50
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2020-02-20 08:57:50
Ilya Samsonov - Concussion
Samsonov sat out the last game as he is going through the concussion protocol. His availability for Saturday's battle against the Flyers is clouded.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2020-02-05 06:09:03
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2020-02-05 06:09:03
Alex Ovechkin - Suspension
Ovechkin has been suspended one game for skipping the All-Star game. He is expected to lace up for Wednesday's battle versus the Predators.
out - Elig Wed
Updated 2020-01-23 13:26:36
out - Elig Wed
Updated 2020-01-23 13:26:36
Richard Panik - Undisclosed
Panik left the last game with an undisclosed injury and did not return. It is unknown if he will be able to face the Hurricanes on Monday.
questionable - Ques Mon
Updated 2020-01-12 08:59:35
questionable - Ques Mon
Updated 2020-01-12 08:59:35
Christian Djoos - Upper Body
Djoos has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will return Saturday versus the Devils.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2020-01-08 16:45:23
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2020-01-08 16:45:23
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Illness
Kuznetsov is ailing from an illness, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Sharks on Sunday.
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2020-01-04 09:54:19
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2020-01-04 09:54:19
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is not expected to take part in Friday's matchup against the Hurricanes as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Fri
Updated 2020-01-02 15:27:10
doubtful - Doub Fri
Updated 2020-01-02 15:27:10
Nic Dowd - Personal
Dowd is away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their child. His status is uncertain against the Hurricanes on Friday.
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-12-31 12:28:49
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-12-31 12:28:49
Tom Wilson - Lower Body
Wilson has a lower-body injury and did not play in the previous game. It is expected that he will line up against the Islanders on Tuesday.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-12-31 09:48:21
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-12-31 09:48:21
Michal Kempny - Illness
Kempny is ailing from an illness and he did not play in the previous two games. It is projected that he will return Tuesday against the Islanders.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-12-31 09:47:54
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-12-31 09:47:54
T.J. Oshie - Illness
Oshie is ailing from an illness, and it is unclear if they symptoms will subside in time for Tuesday's tilt with the Islanders.
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-12-30 10:43:08
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-12-30 10:43:08
Radko Gudas - Illness
Gudas has an illness, but will play Friday against the Blue Jackets.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-12-27 15:48:33
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-12-27 15:48:33
Nicklas Backstrom - Upper Body
Backstrom has been sidelined due to an upper-body injury, but it is expected that he will return to action Monday against the Blue Jackets.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-12-08 08:52:46
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-12-08 08:52:46
Radko Gudas - Head
Gudas is nursing a head injury, but he is likely to play Wednesday versus the Kings.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-12-04 16:50:28
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-12-04 16:50:28
Carl Hagelin - Upper Body
Hagelin has been activated from the long-term injured reserve list after recuperating from an upper-body injury. He is expected to play Tuesday against the Sharks.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-12-03 15:46:53
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-12-03 15:46:53
Nic Dowd - Hand
Dowd has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from a hand injury, and he is likely to return against the Panthers on Wednesday.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-11-27 15:48:38
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-11-27 15:48:38
Garnet Hathaway - Suspension
Hathaway has been issued a three-game suspension for a spitting incident. He will be allowed to play against the Lightning on Friday.
out - Elig Fri
Updated 2019-11-23 05:46:42
out - Elig Fri
Updated 2019-11-23 05:46:42
Richard Panik - Upper Body
Panik has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from an upper-body injury, and it is likely he will be available for Monday's contest against the Coyotes.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-11-11 15:39:45
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-11-11 15:39:45
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is likely to receive the night off to be rested and is not expected to take part in Monday's contest versus the Coyotes.
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2019-11-11 12:22:54
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2019-11-11 12:22:54
Nic Dowd - Lower Body
Dowd has sat out the last three games with a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will return against the Golden Knights on Saturday.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-11-07 16:12:03
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-11-07 16:12:03
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is not expected to take part in Sunday's game versus the Flames as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Sun
Updated 2019-11-03 11:02:50
doubtful - Doub Sun
Updated 2019-11-03 11:02:50
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Upper Body
Kuznetsov left the previous game due to an upper-body injury, but it is expected that he will suit up Friday versus the Sabres.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-11-01 08:02:00
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-11-01 08:02:00
Tom Wilson - Undisclosed
Wilson is dealing with an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Flames on Tuesday.
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-10-22 13:50:08
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-10-22 13:50:08
Michal Kempny - Hamstring
Kempny is recovering from offseason surgery on his left hamstring, but it is expected that he will make his season debut against the Rangers on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-10-18 09:09:16
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-10-18 09:09:16
Jonas Siegenthaler - Upper Body
Siegenthaler left the previous game with an upper-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available Friday against the Rangers.
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-10-16 18:46:56
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-10-16 18:46:56
Jonas Siegenthaler - Upper Body
Siegenthaler left the previous game with an upper-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2019-10-14 16:47:51
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2019-10-14 16:47:51
Dmitry Orlov - Lower Body
Orlov is tending to a lower-body injury but is expected to face the Predators on Thursday.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-09 10:03:21
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-09 10:03:21
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Suspension
Kuznetsov has been suspended for three games due to inappropriate conduct. He is likely to make his season debut against the Stars on Tuesday.
out - Elig Tues
Updated 2019-10-07 14:47:13
out - Elig Tues
Updated 2019-10-07 14:47:13
Alex Ovechkin - Lower Body
Ovechkin is dealing with a lower body issue, but it is anticipated that he will be available for the season opener against the Blues.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-10-02 14:29:26
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-10-02 14:29:26
Liam O'Brien - Upper Body
O'Brien is battling an upper-body injury, and it is undetermined if he will be in Wednesday's lineup versus the Blues.
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2019-09-29 11:41:09
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2019-09-29 11:41:09
Lars Eller - Upper Body
Eller is nursing an upper-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against the Blues on Wednesday.
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2019-09-29 11:40:02
questionable - Ques Wed
Updated 2019-09-29 11:40:02
Michal Kempny - Hamstring
Kempny is recovering from surgery on his left hamstring, and it is unlikely that he will be available for the season opener against the Blues.
doubtful - Doub Wed
Updated 2019-09-29 10:17:05
doubtful - Doub Wed
Updated 2019-09-29 10:17:05
T.J. Oshie - Collarbone
Oshie is had surgery to repair his fractured right clavicle and is projected to miss the remainder of the playoffs.
out - out for season
Updated 2019-04-24 16:17:08
out - out for season
Updated 2019-04-24 16:17:08
Lars Eller - Upper Body
Eller is dealing with an upper-body issue but will likely suit up for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Hurricanes.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-04-08 09:46:40
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-04-08 09:46:40
Nicklas Backstrom - Rest
Backstrom is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday against the Islanders as he will likely be given the day off to rest.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 07:44:01
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 07:44:01
John Carlson - Rest
Carlson is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday against the Islanders as he will likely be given the day off to rest.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 07:43:36
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 07:43:36
T.J. Oshie - Rest
Oshie is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday against the Islanders as he will likely be given the day off to rest.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 07:27:34
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 07:27:34
Michal Kempny - Hamstring
Kempny is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left hamstring and is expected to miss four to six months.
out - out for season
Updated 2019-04-04 10:22:45
out - out for season
Updated 2019-04-04 10:22:45
Brett Connolly - Illness
Connolly sat out the last game due to an illness but the symptoms will likely subside in time for Monday's tilt against the Panthers.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-04-01 14:20:05
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-04-01 14:20:05
T.J. Oshie - Illness
Oshie was held out of the previous game with an illness but is expected to play against the Lightning on Saturday.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-03-30 09:50:23
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-03-30 09:50:23
Carl Hagelin - Illness
Hagelin missed the last game with an illness but it is likely he will rejoin the lineup against the Flyers on Sunday.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-23 11:30:37
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-23 11:30:37
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Illness
Kuznetsov is battling an illness, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Flyers hazy.
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2019-03-23 10:22:28
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2019-03-23 10:22:28
Matt Niskanen - Hand
Niskanen exited Sunday's game due to a left hand injury and it is unclear if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-03-10 16:56:00
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-03-10 16:56:00
Nick Jensen - Acquired
Jensen was recently acquired through a trade and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's game versus the Rangers.
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2019-02-23 10:50:20
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2019-02-23 10:50:20

Injured Reserve List (IR)

If a team opts to put their player on the Injured Reserve List, the following requirements must to be met:

  • First, a team may place a player on the Injured Reserve List if the said player has been injured, incapacitated, or ill and will not be able to perform his duties as a hockey player after having passed the team’s preliminary physical examination for that season.
  • Second, a player with an injury that prevents him from playing for at least seven days from the date the injury was incurred can be placed on the team’s Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the IR list, the team may replace said player on its NHL roster with a player from the minors.
  • Third, a player who has been placed on the Injured Reserve List will not be eligible to compete in NHL games for a period of no less than seven days.

Players on the Injured Reserve List may attend team meetings and meals, travel with the team, and join their practice sessions.

Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR)

If a player has an injury that will prevent him from playing for at least 10 NHL games and 24 days in the NHL season, the team may place him on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), which can be used to exceed the salary cap.

Once a player is put on LTIR, the player’s cap hit stays on the team’s cap payroll. The club will not be given additional cap-space savings to be saved for use in the future. However, LTIR offers relief in case the club's averaged salary, or payroll, starts to go over the upper limit. How much relief the club will get is computed based on the date the player is put on LTIR.

Three equations can be used to decide how much LTIR relief will be given. The first, or basic equation, is used during the season and the off-season, while the second is the training-camp equation, which is used on the last day of the off-season in order to prepare for the first day of the following season. The third equation is used if the player is already on LTIR.

Once a player is cleared to play again, the team activates the player.

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