Marcus Johansson injury update
The Washington Capitals are quietly humming along right now. After dropping four of their first five, the Caps have rattled off three consecutive victories for the first time this season. The offense has scored 13 times across those three games and everyone seems to be settling into their role on the team.
That forward momentum took a hit on Friday morning when Marcus Johansson was forced to leave practice with general soreness. The good news for Washington is that the top-line forward isn’t expected to miss any time with the stiffness that has been bothering him over the last few days. That’s according to the Washington Post, who quoted coach Adam Oates on the injury:
…just a little sore from last night and a little stiff this morning. Tried to loosen it up and it was still bugging him a little bit so we said get off.
Johansson is expected to be in the lineup for the Capitals when they take on the Calgary Flames tonight. The Flames have been susceptible to allowing a lot of goals lately, and Washington has been posting a lot of offense over the last few days. This could be another opportunity for the Capitals to take a step forward and move away from the depth issues that plagued them early on.
It’ll also give Johansson more opportunities to engage with his top-end linemates.
Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom 1 G, 5 A in last 5 GP; LW Marcus Johansson 6 A in last 5 GP; RW Alexander Ovechkin 5 G, 3 A in last 5 GP
— Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) October 25, 2013
Pretty outstanding numbers for that trio.