Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden confirmed our worst worries after the team's morning skate. Reirden told reporters that Caps will be without the defender Michal Kempny "For an indefinite time right now."
Kempny was hurt in a delicate embarrassment with Cedric Paquette of Tampa Bay. Kempny needed help to get out of the ice and after the game head coach Todd Reirden said, "It's safe to say he'll miss some time."
Reirden did not give a schedule for Kempny's expected recovery and said tests were still underway on his injured leg.
Reirden was asked if he expected Kempny to be away the rest of the season.
"I will not feel comfortable saying this until I have a little more medical advice about it and we will pass all the necessary tests to our knowledge, so that to be able to set the right schedule ". "But for now, I'm just planning not to have it for an indefinite period."
After Kempny's departure, Christian Djoos will join John Carlson in the defensive game Friday night against the Wild.
Caps line expected:
Ovechkin, Backstrom Wilson
– Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) March 22, 2019
Djoos has been cleared in recent weeks in favor of Brooks Orpik, but returned Tuesday against the Devils after missing ten consecutive games. Djoos played a total of 16:25 and had a primary help. He had a percentage of 55.6 shot attempts at 5 against 5.
With Kempny eliminated in the long run, the Capitals also have options in Hershey to strengthen their defense. However, capitals have yet to call anyone and carry only six defenders.
No defender misses the Bears practice today outside Bindilus (upper body, indefinitely). Siegenthaler, Lewington, Ness have all been here for a long time with Hobbs, Williams, Johansen, Sproul and Geisser.
– Kyle Mace (@kyle_mace) March 21, 2019
Jonas Siegenthaler, who was sent to Hershey in early February to free up a place for Djoos after the return of the Swedish Syndrome Syndrome defender, is the most likely option for the Capitals.