Report: Johansson sidelined by back strain

Report: Johansson sidelined by back strain
November 14, 2012, 11:15 am
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Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) skates with the puck during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

(Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

For the most part, the Capitals who have gone overseas during the NHL lockout have remained injury free.

That changed over the weekend when center/winger Marcus Johansson pulled himself out of BIK Karlskoga’s lineup with back pain and is being listed as indefinite, according to Matias Strozyk of @EliteProspects.

Johansson joined Karlskoga on Oct. 30 and is one of six Capitals playing overseas. He is joined by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom who are both playing for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL; Brooks Laich with the Kloten Flyers in Switzerland; Wojtek Wolski with KH Sanok in Poland and Michal Neuvirth with Sparta Praha of the Czech Republic.

Through 14 games with Dynamo, Ovechkin had six goals and eight assists with six penalty minutes, while Backstrom has one goal and two assists in five games.

Laich had identical offensive totals to Ovechkin with six goals and eight assists, along with 26 penalty minutes, through 14 games in Switzerland.

Wolski had one assist in three games in Poland, while Neuvirth was 1-9-0 with a 3.52 GAA and .905 save percentage. He’s allowed 31 goals in 10 games.