Orpik will go with the Capitals on the team's upcoming three-game road trip, the Washington Post reports. The team's demotion of Connor Carrick back to the AHL on Monday also certainly points toward Orpik's return coming in the near future, but the report notes that Orpik may be a little further off than teammate Marcus Johansson (upper body), who's also traveling with the team. It seems Thursday against the Wild would likely be the earliest potential discussion of a return, but even that may be a stretch for the blueliner. Expect another update on his status when he finally is slated to rejoin the lineup for the first time since Nov. 10.
Orpik (lower body) practiced Friday but will miss games this Saturday and Sunday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Orpik has not played since Nov. 10, when he sustained the lower-body ailment in a game against the Red Wings. While there still does not appear to be a clear timetable for the defenseman's return, it's encouraging that he was able to participate in a morning skate Tuesday and also Friday's practice. Look for the Capitals to reevaluate the 35-year-old before Tuesday's road tilt with the Predators.
Orpik (lower body) took part in Tuesday's morning skate, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports. Tuesday marked the first time Orpik has skated with the team since Dec. 7, and represents a big step in the right direction in his recovery from a lower-body ailment. While Tuesday's development is certainly encouraging, the 35-year-old blueliner will still need to log a number of full practices before drawing back into the Caps' lineup. Orpik is still without a timetable for his return to game action, and will need to be activated from injured reserve before rejoining Washington's lineup.
Head coach Barry Trotz said Orpik (lower body) is "getting close" to skating with the team, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Trotz indicated that Orpik has been skating on his own and is close to skating with the team, although he has not yet been cleared for contact. The mysterious ailment has limited the shutdown defenseman to just 14 games this season and he has not played since Nov. 10. There is still no timeframe for his return to the lineup.
Orpik (lower body) skated with John Carlson (lower body) and Jay Beagle (hand) prior to Wednesday's practice, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. It is the first time Orpik has taken the ice since early-December, although he is still not cleared to take part in practice. Though his presence on the ice is an encouraging sign, he is still likely a few weeks away from returning to the lineup, assuming there are no further setbacks in his recovery. He has only played in 14 games this season, tallying a goal and three points.
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