Orpik had three goals and 10 points in 41 games while missing half the season with a cracked femur, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Orpik also sustained a concussion and a neck injury during the first round matchup against the Flyers and was suspended for three games following a late hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. It's been a trying season for the shutdown defenseman who look to bounce back in 2016-17.
Orpik (suspension) has served out his three-game ban and is set to return to the lineup for Tuesday's Game 6 matchup with Pittsburgh. Orpik was assessed his suspension for targeting the head of Penguins' defender Olli Maatta. It was clear the Capitals were missing Orpik's veteran leadership as two games were lost based on errors by his replacements. In terms of fantasy production, the 35-year-old was a relative non-factor in Games 1 and 2 as he failed to register a point and added just two PIM and five blocked shots in those contests.
Orpik will be suspended three games for his hit on Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta in Saturday's Game 2. Already sporting a history of questionable hits, Orpik picked a bad time for his clear infraction against Maatta. Orpik previously missed the final three games of Washington's first-round series against the Flyers with an upper body injury. Mike Weber may rejoin the lineup for Monday's Game 3.
Orpik will have a disciplinary hearing after interfering with Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta in Saturday's Game 2. Around two-full seconds after Maatta had already released the puck, Orpik came bearing down on the Pittsburgh defender and proceeded to drill him in the head with an elbow. It will be shocking if Orpik isn't suspended, especially since this is hardly the first time the American defender has delivered a questionable hit to an opponent (Loui Eriksson in 2013 and Dan Boyle in 2015 are some examples). The hearing will likely occur some time Sunday or early Monday, allowing the league to give a verdict before Game 3.
Orpik (upper body) will rejoin the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 matchup with the Penguins, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The one remaining hurdle for Orpik was whether or not he would be medically cleared for game action but it appears that's the case. He's expected to pair with John Carlson for the contest and will look to add to his 10 points through 41 games this season. However, his upside remains somewhat limited by the fact that he doesn't play on the man advantage.
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