The Washington Capitals will definitely be without Mike Green the rest of January. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the timetable for Nicklas Backstrom’s return might be similar, reports CSNWashington.com.
Backstrom has been day-to-day with concussion symptoms since getting a Rene Bourque elbow in the chin on Jan. 3.
“We’re just being real careful with him, still,” Caps coach Dale Hunter said, adding it might make the most sense to keep his leading scorer out until after the All-Star break.
“Yeah, the All-Star break is close and we’ll monitor him day-to-day to see how he is,” Hunter said. “As it gets closer that could be the call, but we don’t know for sure.”
The Capitals have seven games before the All-Star Game (Jan. 29). They’re 1-2-0 since Backstron’s been out, with just five goals combined in those three games.
Washington’s first game after the break is Jan. 31 in Tampa Bay.
Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.