Erat sustained what Oates is labeling an upper-body injury in Wednesday night's Game 4. It appeared as though Erat injured his wrist after getting tangled up in a defensive play and falling to the ice after his glove came off. Once the play was whistled dead, Erat required a trainer to come onto the ice to examine him.
He was unable to return to the game.
During his postgame press conference, Oates stated that Erat would be reevaluated on Thursday. It has yet to be announced the extent of those evaluations.
However, Oates confirmed Erat would not play in Game 5 and the Capitals announced that Joey Crabb and Tom Wilson had been recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Oates has yet to reveal who he plans to play in Erat's place.