T.J. Oshie will return to the Capitals’ lineup Wednesday night against the Bruins, Coach Barry Trotz confirmed.
The top line right missed the past seven games with a shoulder injury that he suffered Nov. 18.
Despite the nearly three-week absence, Oshie still ranks third on the Caps in goals with eight and is fourth in points with 12.
Based on the morning skate, Oshie will skate alongside center Nicklas Backstrom and left wing Marcus Johansson against Tuukka Rask and the surging Bruins. The 29-year-old will also reclaim his usual spot in the middle of the diamond on the first team power play.
Trotz said Oshie, who was sidelined 19 days, is returning “a little bit” earlier than expected.
“I depends on the individual,” Trotz said. “It depends on the healing process. It depends on how their body can handle the strain of being hurt and how it repairs itself."
Trotz added: “Right now all indications are that Osh is ready to go. I have to trust our trainers and doctors and, more important, I have to trust the player. And the player feels like he’s ready to go.”
On Tuesday, Oshie was a full participant in practice for the first time since getting hurt. He went through contact drills and reported no aftereffects. He was full-go again Wednesday morning and afterward said he felt “great.”
The Capitals went 3-3-1 and averaged 2.14 goals per game while Oshie was sidelined.
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Prior to the Redskins' Wednesday afternoon practice, defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan joined CSN Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay on Facebook Live to talk about all things football, Week 14 vs. the Eagles and a host of other subjects, presented by Paisano's Pizza.
Kerrigan, who is tied for third in the NFL with 10 sacks, discussed staying mentally sharp late in the season, what improvements the defense can make, his favorite food, and 90's TV shows.
Here are some of the highlights:
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0:33 - After a tough loss in Arizona, where is the team's collective mindset? How do the players feel about their playoff chances?
1:20 - Gameplanning for Carson Wentz: What are the keys to getting to the Eagles quarterback and making his day difficult?
2:05 - Kerrigan and the rest of the team is excited to get Trent Williams back. How would Kerrigan rate the team's performance in Williams' absence? Is Williams the most difficult left tackle Kerrigan has had to face?
3:20 - Kerrigan details his favorite food and why he doesn't get to eat his favorite food as much as he would like.
4:45 - Gheorghe Mureșan reference!
6:20 - The Redskins have struggled recently to put together solid back-to-back seasons. What does Kerrigan think is the key to finishing the post-NFC title season strong?
8:30 - Favorite 90's television show. Kerrigan is a big "Doug" fan, also enjoyed watching Carl Winslow and Steve Urkell on 'Family Matters." BONUS: 'Diehard' reference, which makes sense since it is the holiday season.
9:45 - Who was Ryan Kerrigan's favorite player growing up? Does he have any football heroes?
11:27 - How important is it to Kerrigan to finish the season as the NFL leader in sacks?
13:30 - How many bars of the "Saved By The Bell" theme song can Kerrigan sing?
14:09 - What is Josh Norman like off-camera and away from the media? The answer might surprise you.
15:10 - Kerrigan details his favorite Christmas gift of all time and why important gift presentation is important.
17:25 - Shoutout to Muncie, Indiana, Ryan Kerrigan's hometown and top vacation spot on "Parks & Rec."
18:10 - Kerrigan's final Facebook Live request: How many bars of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme can Kerrigan sing?
Be sure to join us again soon when Paisano's Pizza poresents Ryan Kerrigan on CSNMA Facebook Live.