Lucas Johansen injured; Alex Alexeyev continues to condition his loan

The Washington Capitals are dealing with quite a few injuries on the main roster, and their AHL-affiliated Hershey Bears are also a bit battered.

Defender Lucas Johansen is missing from the roster with an undisclosed injury, as is forward Ethen Frank. Meanwhile, Alex Alexeyev is back for Game 2 of his AHL conditioning loan.

The 24-year-old was set to crack the Capitals roster on opening night and was the last fringe defenseman left in camp. However, he didn’t make the cut. The team remained with Matt Irwin as the seventh defenseman and ran with 14 forwards. He faced a myriad of injuries and adversity during his young career, which made it difficult for the first round of 2016 to finally make the jump to the NHL. However, Johansen made his NHL debut last season. Expect him to work towards becoming part of the team’s corps in the near future, as he signed a two-year extension with the organization this offseason.

Johansen just played his 200th game in the AHL and has one goal in six games this season. In 201 AHL games, “LuJo” has 18 goals and 56 assists for 74 points and a minus-4 rating.

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Meanwhile, Alexeyev is still working his way through after undergoing shoulder surgery this offseason. The 22-year-old made his AHL debut on Friday, posting a minus-1 differential. He is plus-1 so far in Sunday’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The plan is for Alexeyev to return to play with the Bears and then join Washington. It requires waivers to be sent. so he’ll probably get a peek when he gets back to full fitness. His return is welcome as the team awaits an update on John Carlson’s status. Number 74 suffered a lower back injury early in Saturday’s win over the Nashville Predators.

In addition to Carlson, the Capitals are also awaiting news from TJ Oshie, who also left Saturday’s game with a lower body injury. Also on the shelf are Nicklas Backstrom (hip resurfacing surgery), Tom Wilson (ACL surgery), Carl Hagelin (hip surgery), and Connor Brown (lower body).

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