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The Washington Capitals can’t avoid injury.

On Saturday evening, before the warm-ups, the Capitals unexpectedly announced that the team would be without Nick Dowd and: Hunter Shepard against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “Athletic” football player Tarik El-Bashir announced this on Twitter.

Dowd has a lower-body injury while Shepard is nursing an upper-body issue.

Shepard’s injury explains the Capitals’ emergency call-up of Zach Fucale from Hershey.

RMNB reader Katie reported that Shepard took off his mask during the morning skate and immediately left the ice.

As for Dowd, the fourth-line center has been particularly good in the last seven games, scoring two goals in the last seven. Both were GWG. Dowd has played in all 32 games for the Capitals this season. He was one of only 10 players to do so.

According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, Dowd came off the ice early for the morning skate. He will be replaced by Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

The Capitals will face Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov for the first time in DC. Puck drop is shortly after 7 p.m.



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