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Afternoon Injury Update

Here's the latest on the Caps' dire injury situation:

*Tom Poti (groin) is day-to-day, though Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't seem to think it's serious. (But who really knows? Alexander Semin wasn't supposed to be serious, either.)

*Semin (upper back strain) also did not skate today. He'll miss his seventh game tonight and remains on IR.

*Mike Green (bruised shoulder) skated today, but he's still in some discomfort. He told me that he's aiming for Tuesday's game against Florida. He's on IR, too.

*John Erskine (mild concussion) is also aiming for Tuesday, though it's possible he could be back tomorrow in Columbus. But given that he didn't skate today, that would seem awfully optimistic.

*Sergei Fedorov (sprained ankle) did not skate today. He's day-to-day but is going to miss his 10th game because of the injury.

George McPhee told me this morning that he can't recall a Caps' team that has suffered this many injuries -- particularly to top players -- in his decade-long tenure as GM.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2008; 12:14 PM ET
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Great.....Sounds like everyone is healing well..dur......Might as well ask the Magic 8-ball when anyone is going to return.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, do you think its bad luck or s there something contributing to all these injuries?

Posted by: oo7 | November 28, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

one of the key problems with so many new players is the line change, (see 2 on zero breakaway from last game) Once the D is out there a portion of it, is instincts taking over, but if you're not out there in time, doesn't matter if you've played one NHL game or 500.

Posted by: billd2 | November 28, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Too Funny! From John Walton's Bears blog:

"If you heard of Tom Poti's injury and wondered if it might affect the blueline in Hershey, your fears were well grounded. The Capitals announced Friday morning that Bryan Helmer has been signed to an NHL contract and recalled. We found out yesterday boarding the bus that this was going to happen, because Bryan stayed behind to make the journey to D.C. today. The Bears in turn have signed defenseman Patrick Wellar to a professional tryout contract. Wellar had been playing this year in Reading (ECHL). Doug Yingst called the Royals yesterday just prior to our departure, and we literally picked up Wellar on our way to Albany. Really. Stopped off Route 61 and met him in the Rite Aid parking lot on Thanksgiving Day, threw his equipment bag underneath the bus and continued on our way."

Posted by: tess2201 | November 28, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Think we can call out the ice conditions at the booth??

Does anyone have any idea if they are using "Rite Ice " at the booth?

I say turn down the Thermostat....make that place cold, get some good "fast" ice for our guys.

Phillips arena is very cold inside.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 28, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

We definitely need to do something about the ice. It stays wet far too long after the Z's leave the arena... that, plus the place being a "decent" temperature for the fans couples together to make for some slow and nasty ice to skate on.

Posted by: irockthered | November 28, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

That's great to hear about Green coming back soon. Let's hope he's right and he's back in the lineup for Tuesday against Florida. And what a better time to come back than against the pathetic Panthers!!!


Posted by: onthebeach96 | November 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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