Capitals D Justin Schultz day-to-day after taking a puck to the face

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Caps' Justin Schultz day-to-day after taking puck to the face originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz is considered day-to-day after getting struck in the face with a puck during Thursday's game, according to head coach Peter Laviolette. 

Schultz was hit early in the third period on Thursday and was left bleeding on the ice. He did not return to the game and was not on the ice for Friday's optional practice.

While getting struck in the head with a puck is a dangerous play, it sounds as if Schultz avoided serious injury.

"It was a scary incident," Laviolette said. "I did talk to him this morning. He's doing OK and right now he's listed as day-to-day."

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Should Schultz miss Saturday's game against Boston, the next man up would be right defenseman Nick Jensen who has been a healthy scratch the last three games with Trevor van Riemsdyk getting in the lineup.

If Jensen does play, he would most likely be reunited with Zdeno Chara. Laviolette spoke glowingly of the pair and how they played together at the start of the season. Chara has been playing with Schultz since Jensen came out while Jonas Siegenthaler has been paired up with van Riemsdyk.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Washington
+125+2.5O 6.5
Boston
-150-2.5U 6.5