With Alexander Semin and Boyd Gordon ailing, the Capitals brought up two forwards from Hershey to take their place should they need them in the brief two-game road trip, as Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux were called up from Hershey.
Aucoin was actually in Washington's lineup the past two contests, but had been sent down to the Bears on Monday. But with Semin fighting an illness and not making the trip to Georiga, and because Gordon also unable to play Thursday against Atlanta, Aucoin's return to the AHL was a short one.
Giroux continues his strong play in the AHL, scoring five goals and five assists in six games with the Bears, and will be skating in his first regular-season action with the Capitals this season. Giroux had a good start to the preseason with Washington, but his play tailed off at the end and he didn't make the cut of being on the Opening Night roster.