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).

Michal Kempny - Hamstring
Kempny is recovering from surgery on his left hamstring, and it is unclear if he will be available for the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-06-17 10:40:32
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-06-17 10:40:32
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
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is unlikely to play against the Kings on Monday as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2019-02-18 19:31:12
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2019-02-18 19:31:12
T.J. Oshie - Upper Body
Oshie was lifted from the previous game due to an upper-body injury but is likely to suit up Monday against the Kings.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-18 16:00:10
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-18 16:00:10
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is not expected to play Monday against the Kings as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2019-02-11 15:10:28
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2019-02-11 15:10:28
Christian Djoos - Lower Body
Djoos is now off injured reserve after recovering from surgery to his left thigh and is likely to return against the Avalanche on Saturday.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-02-09 14:31:33
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-02-09 14:31:33
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Head
Kuznetsov exited the last game with a head injury and his status for Saturday's contest against the Avalanche is in question.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-02-07 21:09:00
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-02-07 21:09:00
Lars Eller - Lower Body
Eller missed the last game with a lower-body injury but will play Tuesday against the Canucks.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-05 15:46:18
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-05 15:46:18
Alex Ovechkin - Suspension
Ovechkin was issued one-game suspension for skipping the 2019 All-Star game but is expected to be reinstated in time for Sunday's tilt against the Bruins.
out - Elig Sun
Updated 2019-01-28 14:14:50
out - Elig Sun
Updated 2019-01-28 14:14:50
Alex Ovechkin - Concussion
Ovechkin departed Wednesday's game to be evaluated for a concussion but is expected to return.
probable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-01-23 17:13:03
probable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-01-23 17:13:03
Brooks Orpik - Rest
Orpik will not play against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday due to a day of rest.
doubtful - Doub Wed
Updated 2019-01-23 16:05:52
doubtful - Doub Wed
Updated 2019-01-23 16:05:52
Braden Holtby - Eye
Holtby is dealing with an eye injury but it is expected he will be available for Friday's contest against the Islanders.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-01-18 08:48:00
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-01-18 08:48:00
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is not expected to be available against the Predators on Tuesday as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Tues
Updated 2019-01-15 16:33:45
doubtful - Doub Tues
Updated 2019-01-15 16:33:45
Lars Eller - Upper Body
Eller has an upper-body injury but his status for Monday's matchup against the Blues will likely see him hit the ice.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-01-14 08:27:41
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-01-14 08:27:41
Braden Holtby - Eye
Holby left the last game due to an eye injury and has unclear availablity Monday against the Blues.
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-01-14 08:23:50
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-01-14 08:23:50
T.J. Oshie - Concussion
Oshie left the previous game due to a concussion and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Saturday's matchup against the Blue Jackets.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-01-12 12:56:11
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-01-12 12:56:11
Dmitry Orlov - Upper Body
Orlov exited the last game with an upper-body injury and it is uncertain if he will play against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-01-10 20:30:36
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-01-10 20:30:36
Nicklas Backstrom - Illness
Backstrom was held out of the previous game due to an illness but it is likely he will lace up for Thursday's matchup against the Bruins.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-01-09 12:10:04
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-01-09 12:10:04
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is not expected to play against the Flyers on Tuesday as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 14:28:25
doubtful - Doub Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 14:28:25
Matt Niskanen - Head
Niskanen is dealing with a head injury an dit is unclear if he will play against the Stars on Friday.
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-01-04 06:46:31
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-01-04 06:46:31
Matt Niskanen - Upper Body
Niskanen missed his second-straight game with an upper-body injury but it is expected he will be available Thursday against the Blues.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-01-03 13:11:57
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-01-03 13:11:57
Brooks Orpik - Knee
Orpik has landed on the injured reserve list and is recovering from arthroscopic surgical procedure on his right knee. He is expected to return Monday against the Predators.
I-R - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-12-31 08:48:17
I-R - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-12-31 08:48:17
Tom Wilson - Concussion
Wilson is sidelined due to a concussion but is slated to return Friday against the Hurricanes.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-12-12 13:26:20
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-12-12 13:26:20
T.J. Oshie - Concussion
Oshie has been activated from injured reserve after recovering from concussion-like symptoms and is expected to play Tuesday against the Red Wings.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2018-12-11 15:43:23
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2018-12-11 15:43:23
Braden Holtby - Rest
Holtby is not expected to play Thursday against the Coyotes as he will be rested.
doubtful - Doub Thurs
Updated 2018-12-06 14:29:30
doubtful - Doub Thurs
Updated 2018-12-06 14:29:30
Michal Kempny - Hand
Kempny is dealing with a left hand injury but is expected to lace up for Friday's contest versus the Devils.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-30 18:34:07
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-30 18:34:07
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Head
Kuznetsov sustained a head injury but is projected to return to the lineup against the Devils on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-29 14:31:42
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-29 14:31:42
Devante Smith-Pelly - Lower Body
Smith-Pelly left the previous game due to a lower-body injury but is likely to be in Friday's lineup against the Devils.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-29 14:31:11
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-29 14:31:11
Alex Ovechkin - Upper Body
Ovechkin has an injury to his upper body but is expected to lace up his skates Friday against the Devils.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-29 14:30:51
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-11-29 14:30:51
Braden Holtby - Upper Body
Holtby was held out of the previous two games due to an upper-body injury and will likely also miss Monday's game against the Canadiens.
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2018-11-19 11:01:07
doubtful - Doub Mon
Updated 2018-11-19 11:01:07
Michal Kempny - Illness
Kempny has missed the last two games with an illness and it is unclear if he will play Monday against the Canadiens.
questionable - Ques Mon
Updated 2018-11-16 19:07:27
questionable - Ques Mon
Updated 2018-11-16 19:07:27
Tom Wilson - Suspension
Wilson had his suspension for an illegal hit during the preseason reduced to 14 games. He is allowed to play Tuesday against the Wild.
out - Elig Tues
Updated 2018-11-13 08:23:52
out - Elig Tues
Updated 2018-11-13 08:23:52
John Carlson - Lower Body
Carlson sat out the last game with a lower-body injury but is likely to suit up Sunday against the Coyotes.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2018-11-11 13:49:47
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2018-11-11 13:49:47
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Personal
Kuznetsov has been away from the team dealing with a personal matter but is expected to suit up Sunday against the Coyotes.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2018-11-11 08:10:57
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2018-11-11 08:10:57
T.J. Oshie - Head
Oshie left Wednesday's game due to a head injury and it is unknown if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2018-11-07 18:47:04
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2018-11-07 18:47:04
T.J. Oshie - Face
Oshie left Wednesday's game due to a facial injury and it is uncertain if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2018-11-07 17:06:01
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2018-11-07 17:06:01
Travis Boyd - Lower Body
Boyd has been activated from the long-term injured reserve list as he has recovered from a lower-body injury. He is likely to be available for Monday's game versus the Oilers.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-11-05 15:52:36
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-11-05 15:52:36
Brooks Orpik - Upper Body
Orpik left Wednesday's game due to an upper-body injury and it is unclear if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2018-10-10 18:39:50
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2018-10-10 18:39:50
Michal Kempny - Concussion
Kempny has been designated for the injured reserve list due to concussion-like symptoms but it is expected he will be available for Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights.
I-R - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-10-10 14:04:03
I-R - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-10-10 14:04:03

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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