The hit that forced Brooks Orpik from Game 3 will also keep him out of Game 4.
That’s what Caps head coach Barry Trotz confirmed on Tuesday — Orpik, who left the ice dazed after getting slammed into the boards by Philly’s Ryan White last night, has been ruled out for tomorrow’s potentially series-clinching tilt at Wells Fargo.
Trotz added the veteran defenseman is listed as day-to-day, per Sports Illustrated.
A valuable penalty killer and one of the team’s alternate captains, Orpik had logged pretty significant minutes during the opening two games of the series — 21:56 in Game 1, 21:33 in Game 2 — so his presence will be missed.
In other Caps news today, there was some concern about the health of Braden Holtby after colliding with a teammate in practice, then leaving the ice.
But those concerns were quickly put to rest, with head coach Barry Trotz saying Holtby was merely “nicked up“:
Game 4 goes tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET, on NBCSN.