Three minutes eight seconds into the Washington Capitals' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, defenseman John Carlson had already spent 2:30 on the ice. After 40 minutes, Carlson had played roughly half the game. By the end, he had skated 27:33, a season high but a new normal.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Washington Capitals put No. 1 defenseman Matt Niskanen on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The team says Niskanen is week-to-week. On LTIR, he must miss 10 games and 24 games, which means Niskanen isn't eligible to return until Nov. 7 at Buffalo. Niskanen
NEWARK — After Thursday's practice, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz summoned rookie forward Jakub Vrana into his office. This season is just four games old, but Trotz didn't want the 21-year-old to get discouraged because he hadn't scored yet, reminding Vrana that he could still help the team