After a hit from the Anaheim Ducks' Toni Lydman, Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer missed the last part of the game on Tuesday, including overtime, and practice on Wednesday as well. The word out of Capitals camp is that the injury that he suffered isn't exactly serious and that there is no structural damage to the shoulder. There is no immediate timeline for his return, but it could be safe to assume that his pain threshold will be what determines when he is able to return.
Brouwer is off to a good start as a forward that wears a couple of different hats with the club. As a forward that can play both in the top and bottom sixes with the team, a good scoring pace is appreciated, but his hard work is really what the team is after. Through 10 games this year, Brouwer has 2 goals and 3 assists, which has him in pretty good shape, in terms of pool scoring. Through Wednesday's action, Brouwer is ranked 236th in pool scoring with his 5 points.
So, by all indications, this injury may not be too devastating in the pool, which likely lets Kristy and Don breathe a sigh of relief. They are currently dealing with a small rash of injury problems, which threatens their position in 7th place in the pool, having 93 points already this season and in the thick of most of the good races. If the injury and soreness continues for Brouwer, this will likely hurt them in the short-term.