Capitals' Brooks Orpik (lower body) expected back this week

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) is expected to be back this week.

What It Means:

"I don't know," Orpik said when asked if he would play Tuesday night. "I've got to talk to them. We've kind of just been going day-by-day and making sure there's no setbacks with it. It felt good today, and we'll just see how it goes tomorrow morning." He has missed 40 games with a lower-body bone injury.

He has a goal and two assists in 14 games this season. Orpok's 49.1 Corsi for Percentage and his -5.3 Relative Corsi For Percentage at Even Strength are in line with his career averages.