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Posted at 1:58 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Boyd Gordon out with infection, Jeff Schultz still hoping for a Winter Classic return

By Katie Carrera

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. "

By Katie Carrera  | December 27, 2010; 1:58 PM ET
Categories:  Boyd Gordon, Injuries, Jeff Schultz, Marcus Johansson, Tom Poti  
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PRIMVS!

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 27, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Perreault's nose injury doesn't require surgery. :-( That would suck. I've *had* nose surgery, and it is definitely no fun at all, nor is eating when you can only breathe through your mouth...

Posted by: irockthered | December 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

How effective would MP85 be wearing a cage? The Caps need to somehow keep him in the lineup.

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 27, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Sucks hugely that Perrault (a.k.a. MicrOvechkin, alias MiniMe, alias The Great 8.5) got his face blown up like that--he has been one of the bright sparks in an otherwise difficult month for the Caps.

Heal up fast and come back soon, Matti!

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 27, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

NHL press conference at 4:00 to discuss rain in the forecast for the Winter Classic.

Posted by: griz0615 | December 27, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

irockthered

I've had my nose broken 3 times, but never a surgery although the 2nd time I thought I was going to bleed to death. The trainers would put it back in place, used some tape and popsicle sticks, voila! Surgery would have to suck, just getting it broke hurts like BB's favorite word!

I think MP might have faired better without the shield. I hated playing in leagues/pick up where I was forced to wear one. Instead of glancing blows you can get sticks, etc stuck between your shield and face and cause more damage.

Posted by: FLDave | December 27, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Would it be safe to say that trading for DJK wasn't BB's idea???

If BB's not gonna put him in the lineup next time they face the Canes, they might as well trade him for a box of donuts... I'm sure BB will like that.

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

joek443

DJK is on IR http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=3157&hubname=nhl-capitals. Something you would have thought would have been reported here, just saying.... Instead I've been ranting like a mad man about BB not using him. I recently watched the HBO 24/7 (prompting me to seek more info) and it appeared as though DJK has a lower body inury (looked like he was icing an ankle in the training room).

Posted by: FLDave | December 27, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the hit by Gleason on Perrault:

It wasn't a dirty hit, but it did warrant the penalty. Although not intentional the head was the principal point of contact. It was just one of those unfortunate things. BTW, I go by my regular speed first view of these things, that's what the refs. have to do - they only go to Toronto on goal/no goal calls.

@MReilly9: He could probably get used to the cage. In USA Hockey youth players have to wear either the cage or full face shield. The cage is more common. Not sure how it is in Canada.

@FLDave: Not me brother. When I look at all the marks on my shield, some of which I can't get off and have to get a new shield, I think that could have been my face. Arguably I might be much to look at, but I want to keep my face the way it is thank you. :) Oh and I play with guys that feel the same way you do.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | December 28, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

In my house Perreault is simply called "The Little Beast"

Posted by: seetrice | December 28, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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