Forward Andre Burakovsky participated in the Capitals’ morning skate on Monday, the first time he’s been on the ice with the team since he had surgery on his thumb in late October. Burakovsky’s left thumb is still wrapped and he said his timing with the puck doesn’t feel quite right yet, but he’s targeting a return to the lineup early next week. “It all depends how fast I can get my timing in the game back,” Burakovsky said. “I mean, you saw on two-on-ones out there, I was a little bit off with the timing. It still feels a little bit weird when I’m skating with the puck and shooting, not in my thumb or anything. I just haven’t been handling the puck for a while or shooting the puck for a while. “It’s kind of like starting all over a little bit. So, I just have to get back. I’m probably not going to get back in the lineup until I feel really comfortable with my timing and my shot and stickhandling.” Burakovsky said he plans to practice with the team tomorrow “and see how that feels.” This is the second time in as many seasons that Burakovsky’s play has been interrupted by a hand injury — last year, he broke his right hand. He missed 15 games, and when he got back to the lineup, he scored one goal and five assists over the last 12 games of the season.
Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky on schedule to return to the lineup early next week
Washington Post | Dec 4