Jack Hillen D WAS 4 Days
Jack Hillen (leg) had a pair of assists in a rehab game for the Hershey Bears.
Hillen suffered a broken leg on October 3 and played for the first time on Tuesday. He had a bad limp after the game but was much better on Sunday. "I feel a lot better after this game than I did the first game," Hillen said. "The first game [on Tuesday] I was limping pretty bad after, and now this one I feel a lot better. We'll see how I feel when I get home. The next morning is the key. If I feel better [Monday] I should be good to go." The Capitals play again on Wednesday and if all goes well, Hillen could be back in a Washington uniform.
Jack Hillen D WAS 9 Days
Jack Hillen (knee) is back with the Capitals after participating in a conditioning game with AHL Hershey on Tuesday.
Hillen thinks he's almost ready to play for Washington, but doesn't think he'll return on Thursday. Capitals coach Adam Oates sounded more optimistic though. "We'll see how he feels in the morning," Oates said. "He's got to be ready to play. If he can play, he'll play. Obviously, we've got to listen to the player, but [Thursday] morning he may wake up and say, 'Wow, I feel better than I thought I would.'" Not counting the conditioning game, Hillen hasn't played since Oct. 3.
Jack Hillen D WAS 10 Days
Jack Hillen (knee) will head to AHL Hershey on a conditioning stint.
Hillen hasn't played since Oct. 3 because of a fractured right tibial plateau. Getting him back will be a nice boost for the Capitals as they fight for a playoff spot, but we can't recommend picking him up in standard leagues.
Jack Hillen D WAS 1 Month
Jack Hillen, who has been out of action since October 3 with a fractured left tibial plateau, skated with his teammates in practice for the first time.
Hillen hopes to return before the end of the season. "The X-rays look good, we've taken extra scans and everything is going pretty well. It's just tough to put a timeline on this type of injury," Hillen said. "I've got to keep working, keep skating. Every single time I skate I feel like I make improvements somewhere, which is a good thing. I'm happy with where I'm at, but I have pain every time I skate." There is no timetable for his return.
Jack Hillen D WAS 5 Months
Jack Hillen had successful surgery to repair a fractured tibial plateau and he's expected to be sidelined for four to six months.
There wasn't any ligament damage to his knee, but surgery was required to reattach Hillen's fractured bone with screws and a metal plate. He was injured on Oct. 3 against Calgary on a hit from Lance Bouma.
Jack Hillen D WAS 5 Months
Jack Hillen (lower body) will undergo surgery Friday and coach Adam Oates expects the defenseman to be out of action for months.
The Capitals haven't disclosed Hillen's injury, but it looked like he hurt his leg or knee after taking a hit from Calgary's Lance Bouma. Oates will use Alexander Urbom or Steve Oleksy in Hillen's place.