Defenseman Christian Djoos is day-to-day with an upper body that he suffered Tuesday night in Nashville.
The rookie did not practice on Wednesday in Denver and will not play Thursday night against the Avalanche, Coach Barry Trotz told reporters.
Djoos saw just 5:48 on 11 shifts against the Predators before exiting in the second period.
“I don’t have a time frame,” Trotz said, asked how long Djoos is expected to miss.
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With Djoos out, Trotz said that Taylor Chorney will draw back into the lineup against the Avs. It'll be game No. 15 this season for Chorney, who appeared in only 18 contests a year ago.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into it that not everyone is seeing every day, staying ready and mentally sharp,” Chorney told team reporter Mike Vogel, “because you never really know when you’re going to get the call. It is nice when you get a stretch of games where you can get some consistent minutes and build some confidence because then, if you get taken out again, you can fall back on that and know that you had that stretch where you felt good and kind of just pick up where you left off.”
During Wednesday’s practice at Pepsi Center, Chorney was paired with rookie Madison Bowey, according to Vogel. That puts Chorney, a left shot, on his natural side for a change.
As for Djoos, the 23-year-old Swede had appeared in 16 straight games before getting hurt, racking up two goals, an assist and a plus/minus rating of plus-four. His goal total is tied with John Carlson for the team lead among blue liners, while his plus/minus rating is the third-best on the team behind Chorney (plus-eight) and Chandler Stephenson (plus-six).
Djoos’ absence against the Avalanche will mark the 45th man game lost to injury or illness this season for the Caps. They lost a league-low 48 all last year.
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