Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 9:15 a.m.UPDATED 11:21 a.m.CSNwashington.com
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According to the Washington Capitals website, center Jason Arnott is not traveling with the team this week after suffering an undisclosed injury. The veteran Arnott is listed as week-to-week.
Injured defenseman Mike Green also stayed in Washington to continue his rehab from multiple head injuries suffered last month. Meanwhile, injured players Nicklas Backstrom (thumb), Tom Poti (groin), and Semyon Varlamov (knee) all made the trip with the Capitals. Backstrom is listed as a game-time decision.
Washington acquired Jason Arnott via trade from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 28. Since he joined the team, along with fellow newcomers Marco Sturm and Dennis Wideman, Washington has won seven straight games and now sits at second in the Eastern Conference. The Caps have won eight straight overall.
Arnott's impact has been significant, the 36-year-old has two goals and three assists as a Capital. In just seven games, he has greatly improved the Caps' second-line attack and has also emerged as a leader in the locker room. Arnott is said to be one of the more vocal players on the team and has lately even reached out to the enigmatic Alexander Semin.
The Capitals play their next six games on the road while the Verizon Center hosts the NCAA tournament and Ringling Bros. Circus over the next two weeks. The trip is bookended by games at the Montreal Canadiens, who eliminated Washington in the first round of the playoffs in 2010. The Caps also play at the Philadelphia Flyers, who occupy first place in the conference. It is not clear how many games Arnott will miss.
Capitals general manager George McPhee moved David Steckel and a second-round pick to New Jersey to acquire Arnott in February.
NOTES: Goaltender Braden Holtby will be in net tonight as the Caps take on Montreal. Holtby will be making his fourth straight start. He was named NHL's first star of the week yesterday after going 4-0-0 with a 1.05 GAA and a .965 save percentage last week.