Burakovsky (hand) will return to action Saturday in Tampa Bay after a 15-game absence, The Washington Post reports. If Burakovsky's full participation in practice and positive self-assessment were not enough to confirm a return, he is also no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. It's likely that the young winger will slot back into his bottom-six role on even strength and into his slot on the power play, where he's averaged 1:31 of ice time this season.
Burakovsky (hand) will not return to the lineup for at least another week, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. The 2013 first-round pick has been skating since March 3, and he's now handling and shooting pucks. That said, the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals have no reason to rush Burakovsky back into action before he's ready. Expect further updates regarding Burakovsky's playing status in the coming week.
Burakovsky (hand) will remain back in D.C. as the Penguins travel to California for a three-game road trip, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Given the tight timeline -- three games in four days -- Burakovsky would likely have had little time to spend on rehabbing, so staying home is probably the better option. The winger's next opportunity to slot back into the lineup will be March 14, when the Caps welcome the Wild to town.
Burakovsky (hand) skated on his own after Friday's practice, JJ Reagan of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Burakovsky was sporting an air cast on his injured hand, a sign his recovery continues to be on track. The 22-year-old winger has not played since being injured during a Feb. 9 game against the Red Wings, but appears to be within the four-to-six week timeframe for his recovery. He is not eligible to come off LTIR until March 9, but fantasy owners should be able to have him in their lineups in the near future if his recovery stays on course.
Burakovsky (hand) was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday. While the third-year winger will be eligible to return March 9, it doesn't necessarily mean he'll return to game action then. Besides, coach Barry Trotz originally said he expected the Russian to return near the middle of the month at the earliest. The Capitals acquired star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the Blues on Monday, and they called up Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana from the minors, indicating that Burakovsky's placement on LTIR was a strategic move to balance the team's salary cap.
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