Johansson not on the ice for Capitals

Johansson not on the ice for Capitals
February 11, 2013, 11:15 am
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Capitals forward Marcus Johansson skated with the team on Saturday morning but was a healthy scratch against the Florida Panthers that night.

The Caps didn't practice Sunday and on Monday the club announced Johansson missed practice with an upper body injury and would not make the team’s trip to Florida, where the Caps will visit the Panthers on Tuesday and the Lightning on Thursday.

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Capitals coach Adam Oates said Johansson injured himself in Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

“It’s been bugging him, but he [aggravated it] last game he played,” Oates said.

Johansson has one power-play goal, four shots and is a team-worst minus-7 in nine games this season. He was a healthy scratch in the Caps’ other three games.

While Johansson will remain home for the Caps’ two-game road trip, forward Brooks Laich practiced with the team on Monday and made the trip. Laich has missed the first 12 games of the season with a groin injury and Oates said Laich still needs to meet with general manager George McPhee and athletic trainer Greg Smith before he is cleared for contact.

Once that happens, Oates said Laich would get “spot duty” while he catches up on his conditioning level.

 “When you watch the tape he’s a very valuable player,” Oates said. “He’s played a lot of positions. He’s played defense for this team.

“I don’t know him personally as a plater but he’s a top-six forward who can play a lot of positions. We’ll try to figure out who works with each other the best.”

The Capitals’ forward lines remained the same on Monday, with Alex Ovechkin on the right side of center Mike Ribeiro and Jason Chimera; Nicklas Backstrom between Wojtek Wolski and Troy Brouwer; Mathieu Perreault between Eric Fehr and Joel Ward; and Jay Beagle between Matt Hendricks and Joey Crabb.

Meanwhile, here a few notable items from Saturday night’s 5-0 win over the Panthers:

  • The Capitals scored the game’s first goal for the second consecutive contest and for the fifth time this season  They are now 1-4 when scoring first.
  • The Caps scored a power-play goal for the fourth consecutive game and are now 5-11 (45.5 percent) in their last five games. The Capitals are now 2-1-0 when scoring a power-play goal and not allowing an opposing power-play tally.
  • Four different Capitals scored goals in the win and 10 players tallied at least one point.
  • Troy Brouwer now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last seven games.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the season and now has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last four games.
  • Eric Fehr assisted on Joel Ward's goal for his first point of the season. His last assist in a Capitals uniform came on March 13, 2011 against Chicago.