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.
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.