The Washington Capitals will have two regular defensemen for at least Friday night's game against visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. John Carlson will miss his first game of the season due to an undisclosed lower body injury. Brooks Orpik, who has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury, will miss at least six games after being placed long. Retired casualty reserve as at October 28th.
The Capitals have recalled defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler and Aaron Ness from the American Hockey League and Siegenthaler, the organization's second-round pick in 2015, will make their NHL debut against the Blue Jackets. He was among the last posts at training camp and will play the third game with Madison Bowey on Friday.
"I've dreamed about this all my life and I've never felt so happy in my life," Siegenthaler said. "It's something really special for me. I have worked hard to get here, and yes, it's so special that I can not really describe it. "
Carlson's injury is a blow, considering he averaged 26 minutes in record time as he was playing against one of the top-ranked players in power play, as well as in shots. goal. In 14 games, he has scored five goals with 13 assists. The fact that he was injured was a surprise after playing at 28:17 in Washington's 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, assisting T.J. Oshie's winning goal at the end of the third period. Coach Todd Reirden was vague about what had happened, but he hoped Carlson would play in the next Capitals game on Sunday against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. Defender Matt Niskanen will take Carlson's place at the helm of the best power play unit.
The Capitals initially said that Orpik should not waste much time and day-to-day, but he did not skate in less than two weeks. As the capital cities face wage constraints, transferring him to a long-term wounded reserve allowed them to recall Siegenthaler and Ness. Orpik will not be eligible to leave the casualty pool until Nov. 21 against Chicago.
Washington will use three defensemen with less than 100 NHL games on Friday night, for a team that has 3.5 goals per game, the league's sixth-best total.
"This is a great opportunity tonight for some young players against a very hard working and failing team," Reirden said. "It will be a good test, and for me, it's about giving these guys opportunities and [seeing] what they do with it. "
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