With Green out, Jay Beagle steps up on defense
With right-handed defenseman Mike Green hobbled by a lower body bruise, the Capitals have recalled right-handed veteran defenseman Tyson Strachan from the AHL Hershey Bears.
Strachan, 29, has four assists, 22 penalty minutes and is a plus-3 in 11 games for the Bears this season.
With the Caps already playing four rookies in their lineup – forwards Tom Wilson and Michael Latta and defensemen Nate Schmidt and Alex Urbom – they decided it was best to go with Strachan, who has 120 games of NHL experience, over 19-year-old rookie Connor Carrick, who played his first three NHL games with the Caps at the start of the season.
It will be interesting to see if assistant coach Calle Johansson keeps his other two defensive pairs intact and uses Strachan in Green’s spot alongside Schmidt. If that’s the case, the top pairing of Karl Alzner and John Carlson will remain the same and Steve Oleksy will play alongside Urbom.
Strachan [pronounced STRACK-in] is no stranger to the NHL.
He played in 38 games with the Florida Panthers last season, compiling four assists and 40 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the Panthers in penalty minutes and also recorded nine points [one goal, eight assists] and 22 penalty minutes in 24 games with San Antonio of the AHL.
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds Strachan can play a physical game. In 120 NHL games with St. Louis and Florida, he has one goal, 12 assists and 127 penalty minutes.
In 227 career AHL games, Strachan has 72 points [12 goals, 60 assists] and 292 penalty minutes.