Marcus Johansson was not on the ice for practice in Arlington Monday morning just two days after sitting out as a healthy scratch for the Capitals’ game against the Florida Panthers.
According to the team, Johansson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but it’s unclear when the forward sustained the ailment. Coach Adam Oates criticized the 22-year-old Swede’s play on Saturday, the same day Johansson completed a tough and lengthy scratches workout with the Capitals’ assistant coaches.
In nine games this season, Johansson has just one goal and is a team-worst minus-7 rating. He’s bounced around from top-six roles to the fourth line in the span of those contests, with inconsistent play preventing him from finding a fit with any unit.
The Capitals are sticking with the same line combinations that played well in the 5-0 win over Florida Saturday. If you need a reminder, they’re listed below.
All eight defensemen on the active roster, including Tom Poti, are present and accounted for, as are both Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth. Also, Brooks Laich (groin) is taking part in the practice session with his teammates.