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Hillen has recorded an assist in three consecutive games.

It's a remarkable achievement considering that Hillen hasn't been on the ice for more than 14 minutes in any of those contests and hasn't logged a single second on the Capitals' power-play unit. The production probably will allow Hillen to remain a regular for Washington on the third pairing over Nate Schmidt in the near-term, but nothing about his career production suggests this offensive spurt can be maintained.

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Hillen is set to play Wednesday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

After appearing in the lineup in the Caps' season opener, Hillen has been a healthy scratch for 19 consecutive games. Hillen will slot in next to Nate Schmidt on the third pairing in the match against his former team, but his stay in the lineup will likely end once Mike Green (upper body) returns from his injury, which is believed to be a day-to-day concern at this juncture.

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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 10 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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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 11 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.

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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.