Jack Hillen D WAS 4 Months

Jack Hillen (head) will be a "game-time decision" on Tuesday, according to Capitals coach Adam Oates.

Hillen has missed two straight games. He has an assist in 13 contests this season.

Jack Hillen D WAS 4 Months

Washington defenseman Jack Hillen will sit out this afternoon's game against Boston with an upper body injury suffered when he collided with teammate Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday night.

Hillen will be replaced in the lineup by John Erskine, who has not played since March 5. "It helps being a bigger guy," Oates said of Erskine's physical presence against the Bruins. "But you've got to move the puck, you've got to skate. We're at the day and age you've got to be able to do everything. You can't hide players. When John is feeling good with his leg I think he's one of our good defensemen."

Jack Hillen D WAS 4 Months

Jack Hillen (upper body) didn't skate on Thursday.

Coach Adam Oates said Hillen was not undergoing concussion protocol testing, which is a good sign. He might be available to play on Saturday. "Just sore from the hit," Oates said referring to Hillen's collision with teammate Alex Ovechkin. "Because we have a couple of days we told him to take another day off."

Jack Hillen D WAS 4 Months

Jack Hillen was hurt during an open-ice collision with teammate Alex Ovechkin in the third period of Tuesday's game.

Hillen was able to leave the ice on his own strength, but it also reportedly looked like he had initially lost consciousness. The Washington Capitals were in the process of evaluating him after the game.

Jack Hillen D WAS 5 Months

Jack Hillen has been called up from his AHL conditioning stint.

He hasn't played since Oct. 3 because of a broken leg, but he's ready to return now. Hillen will probably fill in for Dmitry Orlov, who has been suspended for Washington's next two games.

Jack Hillen D WAS 5 Months

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 5 Months

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 5 Months

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 5 Months

Jack Hillen (knee) is participating in practices, but he's apparently still walking with a limp.

He has been out of action since Oct. 3 because of a fractured right tibial plateau. Hillen is expected to take part in battle drills soon.

Jack Hillen D WAS 6 Months

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.