John Carlson and Brett Connolly are not traveling with the Capitals to Boston for Saturday’s game, Coach Barry Trotz said following practice at Kettler Iceplex on Friday.

Carlson has missed the past two contests with a lower body injury and did not practice Friday.

Connolly, meantime, came down with an illness on Thursday. The third line winger also did not practice Friday.

“They’re day-to-day,” Trotz said.

Trotz added that Carlson is questionable for Sunday’s season finale against Florida, while Connolly is likely to play vs. the Panthers at Verizon Center.

Otherwise, the Caps are healthy and Trotz expects everyone to suit up in Boston. Trotz said he even expects to get eighth defenseman Taylor Chorney into his first game since Feb. 25.

Trotz also said spare forward Paul Carey will replace Connolly in Boston.

It’ll be Carey’s first game in the NHL since March 2—and it’ll come in his home state of Massachusetts.

“Carey will go in and it’s the first time he’s played in the Boston Gardens, and he’s from that area,” Trotz said. “His mom and dad will be at the game. I told him to call the family [but] it’s going to cost him a little bit [for tickets].”

Boston will be shorthanded, as well. Leading scorer Brad Marchand will sit out the second game of a two-game suspension while defenseman Torey Krug is out with a lower body. 


The Bruins also announced that backup goalie Anton Khudobin will get the start.