Brooks Orpik D WAS 6 days ago

Orpik provided an assist in his 18:20 of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

Orpik finished the season without a goal for the third time in his career, but it's still safe to call his first year in Washington a success. The 34-year-old gave what had been a leaky Capitals defense a bulldog presence on the blue line, aiding goalie Braden Holtby to a career season. He led all NHL defensemen in hits (306) and ranked fourth in blocked shots (192).

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Wild, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orpik made it through the Capitals' gameday skate without incident, and is poised to reclaim his spot next to John Carlson on the team's top pairing. The blueliner, who missed the last four games with the injury, has no goals and 16 points in 67 games this season, but ranks near the top of the league in hits (256) and blocked shots (166).

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik (lower-body) was on the ice for practice on Wednesday, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

It's a good sign for Orpik, who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury, that he participated in a full practice alongside usual partner John Carlson. Barring a setback, he looks like he should return to the lineup at some point on the Capitals upcoming road trip to the Western Conference. If you're in a league that counts Hits and PIM's, Orpik should be ready to contribute to those categories fairly soon.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik (lower body) isn't slated to play Monday against the Sabres, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

The Caps will stick with the same lineup they used Sunday against the Bruins, so Orpik won't suit up before Thursday's game against the Wild.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik (lower body) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bruins, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orpik was able to get in a skate Friday and Saturday, but it doesn't appear he's progressing quickly enough to get back in the lineup for both ends of the Caps' back-to-back set that begins Sunday. Nate Schmidt will earn another nod in the lineup Sunday in Orpik's place.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik (lower body), who has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Stars, was able to skate on his own during the morning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orpik will sit out a second straight contest, but seems to be trending in the right direction with his recovery. He should be considered day-to-day in advance of Sunday's tilt with the Bruins.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Head coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik (lower-body) is likely to skate tomorrow, but will not play against the Stars, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

Orpik missed his first game as a Capital on Wednesday, and with the playoffs drawing near, the coaches are likely being cautious with the rugged defenseman. Also, it gives them a chance to get Nate Schmidt, recently called up from AHL Hershey, a little more work, although a healthy Orpik would obviously be preferable. More known for his contributions in peripheral categories like Hits and Blocked shots, the 34-year-old defenseman's absence is a bigger blow to the Capitals than it is to most fantasy owners, although with 256 hits and 166 blocked shots this season, he is a monster in those categories.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik (lower body) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orpik was a game-time decision for Wednesday's game, and the Capitals decided he will not play. Consider him questionable for the Capitals' next game Friday against the Stars.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

While he'll retain a questionable tag heading into the contest, Orpik's chances of playing don't appear promising after the injury prevented him from participating in Wednesday's morning skate. The blueliner, who has suited up for each of the Caps' previous 67 games this season, would give way to Cameron Schilling in the event he can't go Wednesday.

Brooks Orpik D WAS 1 month ago

Orpik left practice early with a lower-body injury, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

Orpik (lower-body) is said to have re-aggrivated a pre-existing ailment during Tuesday's practice and left early. Head coach Barry Trotz indicated his availability for Wednesday's crucial contest with the Rangers is questionable. While the Capitals would surely miss his physical presence on the ice, Orpik doesn't have much value outside of deep leagues that count peripheral stats like Hits and Blocked Shots, and this injury certainly doesn't change that.