Clark Out 7-10 Days
Chris Clark, the Caps' first line right wing and captain, will miss 7-10 days (at least) because of a sprained shoulder. Clark was leveled by San Jose defenseman Doug Murray early in the third period of Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss and did not return to the game. He also did not practice today.
The good news is that it's not a concussion as originally feared. But here's the bad news: Clark is not the only right wing who is hurting. Prospect Eric Fehr left today's practice after only a few minutes with a sore lower back and is questionable for tomorrow's game in New Jersey. So that means the Caps could be without their top two RWs against a team that's hard to score against anyway.
In practice, Coach Hanlon put Donald Brashear on the right side of the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus. That combo, however, is not set in stone.
Although the Caps can fill out their lineup by putting in some of the scratches, I wouldn't be surprised to see someone called up from Hershey if Fehr is unable to play.
Also, I wouldn't expect to see backup goalie Frederic Cassivi play either game against the Devils this weekend.
I'll have more on the situation in tomorrow's paper.
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