The Washington Capitals will be without the services of Joe Reekie for at least two weeks after the steady defenseman suffered a fractured bone in his right foot.
Reekie, who has an assist in four games this season, suffered the injury while attempting to block a shot in Sunday night's 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He sustained a fracture of the fourth metatarsal bone and will miss at least the next two weeks, possibly as many as six weeks.
Reekie had two goals and eight assists in 68 games last year as he helped the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup Finals. The 13-year veteran is in his sixth season with Washington and has recorded a plus rating in each of the last 11 seasons.
To fill the void during Reekie's absence, the Capitals recalled defenseman Stewart Malgunas from Portland of the American Hockey League. The 6-foot, 211-pound Malgunas began the season with Washington before being sent down to Portland on Saturday. He has yet to appear in a game for the Capitals this season.
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