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Orlov Day-To-Day With Lower-Body Injury, Carlson In Non-Contact Jersey



Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals got more tough news on the injury front, as Dmitry Orlov didn’t take the ice for practice on Sunday. That now marks eight missing skaters due to injury. Meanwhile, John Carlson (lower body) did skate, but was wearing a non-contact jersey.

Orlov went down with a lower-body injury in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. It is unclear what happened, but Orlov didn’t play after the first period and was missing from the Capitals bench. He was ruled as “questionable” to return but did not play the remainder of the game.

Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t have an update on the 31-year-old after the game, saying that the team was still evaluating the blueliner.

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It’s a big loss for Washington, who has also been operating without Carlson since he was injured against the Nashville Predators. Carlson is technically eligible to return on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. However, it’s unclear where he stands now.

Through 13 games so far this season, Orlov has five assists and averages 21:16 minutes per game, the second-most on the team. Carlson is the only one ahead of him with 21:55 per game.

Washington is now missing Orlov, Carlson, Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, Connor Brown, Carl Hagelin and Beck Malenstyn.