Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey were recalled by the Caps on Tuesday to add some depth to the bottom end of the roster as the team wraps up its regular season.
Boyd, who has appeared in seven games for Washington this season, figures to join a group of forwards competing for roles on the third and/or fourth lines as the playoffs approach.
Boyd also gives Coach Barry Trotz another option at fourth line center. On Monday night in St. Louis, Stephenson filed in for Jay Beagle, who is day-to-day with an upper body ailment.
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Trotz said he likes the internal competition that’s brewing as he searches for the right mix.
“Obviously, our core players know that they are going to be in [the lineup come playoffs],” Trotz told reporters at Scottrade Center. “But we’ve got a lot of new players. We’ve got a lot of guys that want to be part of the playoffs. They are pushing each other. They know if they get an opportunity to jump in the lineup, they just want to stay there.”
He added: “We’re getting some good looks at guys. The guys I keep putting in and taking out, they have responded every night, it seems. Young [Shane] Gersich is making a case for himself every time. We’ll probably run with him the next two games. He’s done a really good job.”
The Caps were off on Tuesday. Boyd and Bowey will join the team for practice on Wednesdaymorning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
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It’s unclear if either prospect will suit up Thursdayvs. the Predators, but one or both could play if the team, which has already clinched the Metro Division title, opts to rest any of its veterans. The Caps out their 82-game slate at home against Nashville and New Jersey.
As for Bowey, he spent 51 games in Washington this season but was returned to the Bears following the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek near the trade deadline. In eight games with Hershey, Bowey thrived, recording a couple of goals and six assists. A right shot, he also gives the coaching staff another option on the right side.
It’s expected that both Boyd and Bowey will remain with the Caps until their season ends.