In the late first period of the Capitals' 6-3 win over the Red Wings on Thursday, forward Andre Burakovsky was hit in the hand by a slap shot, which forced him to exit the game and seek medical treatment.
Following the game, head coach Barry Trotz made it be known that Burakovsky would probably miss some time with the injury.
But after practice on Friday morning, Trotz provided an update on Burakovsky's injury status, and it's not a great one.
While Burakovsky will avoid needing surgery to repair the injury, Trotz did say that the 22-year-old Swede will be out of action until mid-March. That means the Capitals will be without their third-line winger for roughly 4-6 weeks. Trotz did not confirm that Burakovsky's hand is broken, stating "I'm not a doctor."
The injury took place with under five minutes to go in the first period at Verizon Center, when Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith teed up a slap shot from the point.
Burakovsky went down to one knee to block the shot with his body, but the puck made full contact with his right hand.
With Burakovsky out of the lineup, Trotz expects recently recalled Zach Sanford to get "the first crack" at the spot. Former first-round pick Jakub Vrana is another player who could be called up to fill in, Trotz said.
Through 52 games this season, Burakovsky has 11 goals and 18 assists, including seven goals and eight assists since Jan. 1, 2017.
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