Burakovsky (illness) won't travel with the Capitals for Friday's game in Carolina, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Burakovsky will miss a second straight game, but the Capitals will go on their league-mandated five-day break following Friday's contest, so he'll likely be ready to return next Thursday against the Devils. Brett Connolly will continue to occupy a bottom-six role until Burakovsky's cleared to play.
Burakovsky will sit out Thursday night's game against the Hurricanes due to an illness, The Capitals announced that they were going to render Brett Connolly a healthy scratch before Burakovsky's illness surfaced, but it looks like they have little choice but to stick with Connolly. Burakovsky will have a chance to return Friday before the team takes a six-day break.
Burakovsky scored twice, including in overtime, and added an assist Tuesday against the Stars. Burakovsky had been fairly quiet since returning from a thumb injury six games ago, but he made his mark on Tuesday's contest. The 22-year-old hasn't been seeing significant ice time on the third line, but he's got eight points in 15 games this season and is a capable goal scorer. Look for this three-point outburst to light a fire under Burakovsky. Grab him if he's available.
Coach Barry Trotz indicated Thursday that Burakovsky (thumb) will rejoin the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Burakovsky has been sidelined since Oct. 21 because of a broken left thumb, but it has finally healed enough for him to rejoin the action. In the nine games prior to that injury, the winger managed to rack up four points (one goal, three assists) while averaging over 15 minutes of ice time per contest.
Burakovsky (thumb) could return to action as soon as Friday against the Rangers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Burakovsky hasn't officially been cleared to play yet, but he returned to practice with his teammates Tuesday, which marked one of the last hurdles he needed to clear before returning to the lineup. The Capitals will be happy to have the Austrian winger back in action once he's given the green light, as he was a solid source of secondary scoring early on this campaign, notching one goal and four points in nine contests. Washington should release another update on Burakovsky's status ahead of puck drop Friday evening.
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