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John Erskine | Defenseman

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/26/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
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John Erskine (upper body) returned to action on Saturday March 29.
Erskine missed one game as the Capitals were concerned he may have had a concussion but he passed all the baseline tests. He played 13:51 minutes and picked up an assist to give him four points including one goal in 36 games. Mar 30 - 2:26 AM

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John Erskine isn't expected to play Saturday night after he skated with the team's scratches in the morning.

He passed concussion protocol testing after he sat out Thursday's game as a precaution. It was though that he might have been concussed in a melee with Philadelphia players on Wednesday.
Mar 8 - 3:24 PM

John Erskine will miss Thursday's game because of an upper-body injury.

He received a game misconduct for an altercation with Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds in Thursday's game versus Philadelphia. Cameron Schilling is expected to take his spot in the lineup.
Mar 6 - 4:53 PM

John Erskine is slated to play in Thursday's road game against Florida.

He missed two games prior to break with an undisclosed injury. He is projected to play on the third pairing with Connor Carrick.
Feb 27 - 3:36 PM

John Erskine won't play Thursday because of some wear and tear on his surgically repaired knee from the off-season.

"He's come back and he's taken a lot of bumps and bruises. It's a little achy," coach Adam Oates said of Erskine. "So we're going to give him a little rest to kind of replenish and get it back." He may sit out Saturday' game against New Jersey as well.
Feb 6 - 1:05 PM

John Erskine scored his first goal of the season Saturday in a 5-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens.

Erskine was one of three Capitals to score their first of the season as Casey Wellman and Jay Beagle also found the back of the net. Erskine has little fantasy value as he has three points in 26 games with 31 penalty minutes and a minus-one rating.
Jan 26 - 10:44 AM

John Erskine (knee) is expected to return to the Washington lineup Sunday.

Erskine had off-season surgery to repair his knee and had trouble at the start of the season with only one assist in seven games with a minus-four rating and 12 penalty minutes. We can't recommend him at this time.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 11:11:00 AM

John Erskine is focused on strengthening his surgically-repaired knee while he remains on the long-term injured reserve list.

"There's pain but I can play with pain. I don't want to go back out there and be two steps behind and hurt the team," said Erskine. He's now eligible to be activated at any time, but that probably won't happen in the near future.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:55:00 PM

John Erskine (knee) is eligible to return from the long-term injured reserve list on Wednesday, but he's not ready.

Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Erskine is feeling better, but there's no timetable for his return. Erskine said recently that he's "playing it day by day."
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 01:13:00 PM

John Erskine is not close to returning from a knee injury.

Erskine was placed on the long-term injured list in October and was hoping to return on November 20 when he was first eligible to return. "I hope I'm back by then but I'm just playing it day by day," Erskine said. "I've only had three weeks off so it's not going to feel like it's night and day, where I come back and it's 100 percent. I've got to try my best to get it taken care of." He has one assist and 12 penalty minutes in seven games.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 09:18:00 AM

John Erskine, who is struggling to recover from knee surgery, has been placed on the long-term injured reserve list.

It's worth noting that Erskine also missed time earlier this season due to an upper-body injury. He has an assist and 12 penalty minutes in seven games this season.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:29:00 AM

John Erskine returned from an upper-body injury on Tuesday.

Erskine missed four straight games due to the ailment. He had an assist and four penalty minutes while logging 14:17 minutes of ice time in Washington's 5-4 shootout victory.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:54:00 AM

John Erskine (upper body) is hoping to be able to play Wednesday.

He's missed two games with an upper-body injury and will see how he feels in the morning. "Want to make sure that he's 100 percent," coach Adam Oates said. "I don't want him to come back and reinjure it."
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 04:43:00 PM

John Erskine (upper body) is on the ice for practice Monday.

Erskine missed Saturday;'s game after getting hurt Thursday. He has no points but six penalty minutes in four games this season.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 10:10:00 AM

John Erskine will not play Saturday due to an upper-body injury.

Erskine was hurt in Thursday's game. He is pointless in four games this season, but he does have six penalty minutes.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 11:53:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Brooks Laich
4Evgeny Kuznetsov
5Jay Beagle
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Dustin Penner
3Joel Ward
4Jason Chimera
5Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Tom Wilson
5Ryan Stoa
D1John Carlson
2Mike Green
3Karl Alzner
4Dmitry Orlov
5Connor Carrick
6John Erskine
7Jack Hillen
8Patrick Wey
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Braden Holtby