Erat, acquired from the Nashville Predators along with Michael Latta for top prospect Filip Forsberg on Wednesday, was injured when he was hit into the boards by Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson. After staying on the ice for a few minutes, Erat needed help to get to the dressing room and couldn't put weight on his right leg.
Gudbranson was assessed a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct on the play.
Erat was not on the Capitals' bench at the start of the second period. His return is questionable, according to a team spokesman.
It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.
— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players