Digest (Nov. 15): Capitals back line depleted again with Djoos out

Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos missed practice Wednesday because of an undisclosed "upper-body" injury he suffered against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. He's expected to miss tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche, with veteran Taylor Chorney likely to take his place. The injury is a hit to the Capitals, who just got defenseman Matt Niskanen back from a left hand injury that sidelined him for 13 games. Djoos, a rookie, has played in 16 games, accumulating two goals and one assist while averaging more than 14 minutes of ice time. He played just 5:48 against the Predators before being ruled out for the rest of the game. Tonight would mark the first game he's missed since his debut Oct. 11. Washington already had eight defensemen on the roster, so even with Djoos' injury, there's no immediate need for the team to recall another blue-liner. But depending on how long he's expected to be out, the Capitals could use that as an opportunity to get a look at one of their other defense prospects. Earlier in the season, general manager Brian MacLellan indicated that he wanted to get 2015 second-round pick Jonas Siegenthaler some NHL action this year. Chorney skated on a pairing with rookie Madison Bowey on Wednesday. In Niskanen's first game back after missing a month of the season, he played 20:33 and took four shots on goal.

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Men's college hockey: Stevenson senior Jacob Caffrey was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference Goaltender of the Week. Caffrey was also named the Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college volleyball: Stevenson senior outside hitter Annika Schwartz was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America first team. Senior Deanna Bradbury, junior Moriah Savage and sophomore Katie Leftridge received honorable mention. ... Johns Hopkins' Jenn Feldmann was named the Division III Assistant Coach of the Year by the AVCA. Louisa Kishton was named a second-team All-American, Elizabeth Wuerstle received third-team honors and Natalie Aston was named honorable mention. ... Towson senior Julymar Otero, junior Jocelyn Kuilan and redshirt junior Anna Holehouse were honored by the Colonial Athletic Association. Otero earned first-team All-CAA, while Kulian was named to the second team and Holehouse was selected to the third team.

College football: Stevenson freshman kicker Ian Gould was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year. Stevenson players on the All-MAC first team were junior quarterback Dan Williams, senior wide receiver and kick returner Preston Addo and senior linebacker Cory Pietrzyk. Gould, senior offensive lineman Nick Jachera, sophomore offensive lineman Connor Davis, junior linebacker Ashton Leschke and senior defensive back DJ Broxton were named to the second team, and senior wide receiver Devin Salisbury and junior offensive lineman Brendan Flaherty received honorable mention. ... Seven McDaniel players were named to the All-Centennial Conference team. Matt Schleifer made the first team while Bamasa Bailor, Jared Staub, Drew Scott and Joey Cornwell were named to the second team. Chris Inge and Spencer Wiersberg were named honorable mention.

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