ARLINGTON, Va. -- New Jersey Devils forward Damien Brunner sustained a right knee injury in New Jersey's 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and will be out for at least one month.
"He'll be out a minimum of four weeks," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere. "He does not need surgery." Brunner has eight goals and 13 points for the Devils.
Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Devils.
Johansson, who scored Washington's first goal in its 4-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday and has 25 points this season, sustained a lower-body injury in the first period, coach Adam Oates said. The 23-year-old attempted to play through it but did not take another shift after right wing Troy Brouwer's power-play goal with 4:31 remaining in the second.
He did take part in the optional morning skate though, alone for a short time while six of his teammates worked through drills at the other end of the rink.
Washington's starting goaltender is said to be a game-time decision. Philipp Grubauer (4-0-1, 2.05 goals against average, .940 save percentage this season) made 39 saves against the Hurricanes and was the only goaltender not to participate in the skate Saturday morning, perhaps signifying he will get his second straight start.
Here are the projected lineups:
Eric Fehr - Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin
Martin Erat – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Joel Ward
Aaron Volpatti – Casey Wellman – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Mike Green
John Erskine – Steve Oleksy
Scratched: Alexander Urbom, Michal Neuvirth
Injured: Marcus Johansson (lower body), Brooks Laich (groin), Michael Latta (lower body), Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)
Dainius Zubrus – Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique – Patrik Elias – Michael Ryder
Reid Boucher – Andrei Loktionov – Mattias Tedenby
Tim Sestito – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier
Andy Greene – Mark Fayne
Eric Gelinas – Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov – Jon Merrill
Scratched: Jacob Josefson, Cam Janssen
Injured: Damien Brunner (right knee), Ryane Clowe (concussion), Ryan Carter (leg), Bryce Salvador (foot stress fracture), Peter Harrold (broken foot), Adam Larsson (lower body)