Yet another injury is added to the Washington Capitals (10-8-1) troops prior to their visit to Colorado for a showdown with the improving Avalanche (8-7-1). Backup goalie Philipp Grubauer gets the start for Washington.
By Brittany Marie Evers
Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 9.00 PM ET
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: NBCSWA, Alti
To put more salt on the wound from the disappointing loss to the Predators Tuesday, rookie defenseman Christian Djoos will not play against the Colorado Avalanche tonight due to an upper-body injury he sustained in Nashville.
During an interview yesterday, head coach Barry Trotz said that he “doesn’t have a time-frame” as to when Djoos will be returning to the ice, stating only that Taylor Chorney would replace him tonight against Colorado. When asked if Trotz was going to bring anyone else in from the roster, he said he wasn’t and that he was “happy with what we have,” referring also to Matt Niskanen’s return to the blue line.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 16, 2017
Djoos Has Made A Good Start
Swedish national Djoos had a decent start with the Capitals, chalking up one goal and one assist in his first game against the Pittsburgh Penguins last month. However, he hasn’t gained any points in the past 10 games, averaging just about 14 minutes on the ice. While Djoos will certainly be missed tonight, the line change will be good for the Capitals, who were unable to mesh with each other against the Predators – despite the return of Niskanen.
Chorney has been with the Capitals for two years; his last goal was Nov. 2 against the New York Islanders and his last shift was four days ago against his previous team, the Edmonton Oilers. He should be well rested and eager to get into the game tonight.
Grubauer Starts In Goal For Capitals
Between the pipes tonight is the Capitals’ backup goalie, Philipp Grubauer, who is owed a whole-team performance from his comrades, after starting (and losing) all of the Caps’ second games of their back-to-back outings. If the team plays to its strengths, then Grubauer will finally get his first win of the season.
Brittany Marie Evers is a contributor with DCpuckDrop; follow her on twitter: @DCCapsChick