Boyd Gordon out with infection, Jeff Schultz still hoping for a Winter Classic return
Coach Bruce Boudreau said Boyd Gordon missed the past six games with an infection in his right foot, which has the forward wearing a walking boot. Gordon will have stitches removed on Tuesday, Boudreau said, adding that the veteran's status will remain day-to-day because he's been unable to skate for over a week.
"It's such a delicate place because you put your foot in your skate, you don't want to reopen that wound, so it's day-to-day with him," Boudreau said.
Defenseman Tom Poti suffered a head injury when he took a high stick to the face against the Penguins on Dec. 23. When asked if Poti would face the Canadiens, Boudreau said, "I doubt it."
As for the other injured Capitals, Mathieu Perreault is still mending from his broken nose and can only breathe out of his mouth at this point, while Boudreau called Marcus Johansson "fine," although the rookie center was given a day for maintenance of a "recurring injury."
Defenseman Jeff Schultz has missed nine games since fracturing his thumb on Dec. 6 against the Maple Leafs but he was out stick-handling, working with the puck and taking part in all the drills for a fourth time this morning. Schultz would still like to hit his ideal return target of the Winter Classic and said he would try to test what he could do and get involved in some corner work in Tuesday's morning skate. He added that he didn't know but wouldn't rule out possibly playing against Montreal, depending on what the Capitals' head athletic trainer Greg Smith said.
"We'll see what Smitty says," Boudreau said. "Obviously we'd like him back in the lineup because he's a really good player and when he's ready to play, he'll play.... As a steadying influence that doesn't get rattled by too much, he's the kind of guy that you want to get in there. "
| December 27, 2010; 1:58 PM ET
Categories: Boyd Gordon, Injuries, Jeff Schultz, Marcus Johansson, Tom Poti
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