Washington Capitals defender Brooks Orpik will miss the Dallas Stars on Saturday night for missing a second consecutive game for an undisclosed abdominal injury. Orpik has not participated in any full team training since the team returned from its Western Canada trip last Saturday.
"Brooks remains day after day," said coach Todd Reirden. "He will not play tomorrow, where it is."
The 38-year-old Orpik has, on average, the least minutes of his career (16:18), despite having played more than 18 minutes in his last two games, against Calgary and Edmonton. In his absence, the Capitals allowed on Thursday evening 44 goals and six goals against Montreal. Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey formed the team's third pairing, and although Reirden had previously stated that he could mix the pair to compare it to other experienced partners, they remained against the Canadiens.
"I thought they did some good things," said Reirden. "I think Madison in particular was able to show us how he works. I thought he played offensively, just a few chances for her. But for the most part they confined themselves to it. Especially on the street where they made the last change, they had the opportunity to speak out against them whom they wanted, and I thought they were fine. "
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