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Capitals’ van Riemsdyk To Be Evaluated After Leaving Sunday’s Game



Washington Capitals defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Capitals defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will be evaluated Monday after leaving Sunday’s preseason opener in the third period, head coach Spencer Carbery said postgame.

Against the Buffalo Sabres, van Riemsdyk was struck by a shot on his right arm before leaving the ice and heading to the locker room.

“Definitely concerned, but he’ll be evaluated tomorrow and then we’ll find out,” Carbery said postgame. “I don’t have any indication that it’s bad, just anytime a veteran player leaves the game, as a coach, it’s not great.”

On a pairing with Alex Alexeyev, van Riemsdyk tallied one assist in Sunday’s game before his departure.

Partially filling the void after van Riemsdyk left the game was Vincent Iorio, also a right-handed defenseman, who was the second-highest scoring member of the Hershey Bears’ blue line last season. The front office has not recently spoke on a timeline for Iorio becoming an NHL regular, but it hasn’t been a major topic of discussion with each of the Capitals three incumbent right-handed defensemen under contract through 2026.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.