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Good Sign: Orlov Traveling With Capitals On 2-Game Road Trip



Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov

The Washington Capitals saw a positive sign on Saturday that could potentially mean good news on the injury front, as Dmitry Orlov appears to be headed to Winnipeg with the Capitals as they embark on a two-game road trip.

Orlov has missed the last 16 games with a lingering lower-body injury. However, he has been practicing with Washington, and he was all smiles as he was photographed on social media boarding the plane for Manitoba.

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Washington faces Winnipeg on Sunday. It is unclear if Orlov will be ready for that game, let alone when exactly he’ll return. However, the 31-year-old travelling for these next two games is a great sign, especially given the Capitals’ injuries on defense.

Martin Fehervary remains day-to-day and is on the injured reserve after suffering an upper-body injury back against the Calgary Flames. Washington lost another blueliner on Friday, as Alex Alexeyev took an elbow to the head from Jamie Oleksiak in the 4-1 win over the Seattle Kraken. Alexeyev’s status is unknown at this point. He did not return to the Seattle game and has what the team is calling an upper-body injury. And, in addition to those d-men out, Darcy Kuemper is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Through 13 games this season, Orlov has five assists and a +/- of plus-3. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. The last time he played was on Nov. 5 against the Arizona Coyotes.