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Capitals' T.J. Oshie is 'ready to go' despite latest injury scare

Capitals' T.J. Oshie is 'ready to go' despite latest injury scare

T.J. Oshie will return to the Capitals’ lineup Wednesday night against the Penguins after sitting out Monday’s game because of an upper-body injury.

“I feel good,” the Caps’ third-leading goal scorer said. “I skated in Montreal [during the morning skate] and I felt like I could play. [But] they wanted me to sit out. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have missed anything except for that third period. I feel great. I’m ready to go.”

He added: “They wanted me to sit out and rest a little bit. But just being cautious; it’s a long year and we want to go deep here.”

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Oshie, who has 13 goals and 20 points, said his latest injury was “not really” connected to the shoulder ailment that sidelined him for seven games earlier this season.

He also said acknowledged that he got dinged twice against the Senators—the first time on a hard, open ice Dion Phaneuf hit and the second time on a hit moments later. The Phaneuf cross check on his final shift of the night, Oshie said, was not connected to forcing him from the game.  

“The second [incident] was actually someone else got me on the way into the zone,” Oshie said. “I just kinda tweaked something. It was gone 10 minutes later but I looked at the clock and there was only a minute or so left, so I figured I'd go into the training room for the first one. Neither was a bad play.”

Asked if he felt he was targeted by Phaneuf, Oshie said he did not.

“He’s a left defenseman [and] I’m a right wing, so we were matched up,” Oshie said. “I don’t think there’s any beef. He hit me after the whistle on an offsides a while back that people keep bringing up. But it’s over and done with. So we’re all good.”

Oshie did not return for the third period of Saturday’s game and did not practice on Sunday. Coach Barry Trotz also said the decision to hold him out against the Canadiens was out of an abundance of caution.

“It was more precautionary,” Trotz said. “He was very close to [playing]. That was more of a coaches’ and trainers’ call. He wanted to play the other day. He wasn’t far off.”

Oshie is expected to skate on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, who is one point from 1,000 for his career.

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T.J. Oshie out, Tom Wilson in as Caps visit Montreal on Monday

T.J. Oshie out, Tom Wilson in as Caps visit Montreal on Monday

T.J. Oshie won’t suit up tonight in Montreal, but Tom Wilson is good to go, coach Barry Trotz told reporters at Bell Centre.

Both Oshie (upper body injury) and Wilson (lower body) took part in the morning skate. The right wingers got hurt in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Senators.

Pressed for a prognosis on Oshie, Trotz would only classify the Caps’ third-leading goal scorer (13) as “day to day.” Asked if Oshie aggravated the shoulder injury that caused him to miss seven games earlier this season, Trotz again said, “Day-to-day.”

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As for Wilson’s status, Trotz would only say, “He’s fine.” Wilson, who was struck by an Erik Karlsson shot on a late penalty kill Saturday, was unable to practice Sunday.

“It was obviously pretty painful but the trainers got me ready to go,” Wilson told reporters after the skate. “If you want to block it, if you want to get in the way of it, there’s a pretty good chance it’s going hurt. It’s part of the gig.”

As a precaution, the Caps summoned Paul Carey from Hershey on Sunday. The team had previously recalled Liam O’Brien, who was a healthy scratch in Ottawa.

Either Carey or O’Brien will get into the lineup against the Atlantic Division-leading Habs, but Trotz said the decision would not be revealed until pregame warmups.

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Oshie and Wilson miss practice Sunday, status for Monday unclear

Oshie and Wilson miss practice Sunday, status for Monday unclear

Capitals wingers T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson missed practice Sunday in suburban Montreal, raising questions about their availability for Monday’s game against the Canadiens.

Oshie, who scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Senators, suffered an upper body injury in the second period of that contest and did not return. He was smashed in open ice by Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf and then cross-checked by Phaneuf a few minutes later. After the second run-in with Phaneuf, Oshie was done for the night.

Wilson, meantime, blocked an Erik Karlsson shot with his leg on a late penalty kill. Wilson did finish the game.

The Capitals are currently carrying one extra forward—winger Liam O’Brien, who was called up from Hershey on Friday—but would need to promote another if both Oshie and Wilson are unable to suit up at Bell Centre.

Coach Barry Trotz told reporters after practice that the team is in “wait and see” mode with Oshie and Wilson.

As of 3 p.m., the team had not announced another recall. The Bears host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 5. If another call-up is necessary, Zach Sanford, Jakub Vrana and Paul Carey have all spent time in Washington this season and would seem to be the likely candidates. The Caps currently have $1.3 in available cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com.

With Oshie and Wilson absent from practice, Brett Connolly skated on the first line in Oshie's spot alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. O’Brien worked as the left wing on the third line (Connolly’s old spot) and fourth line right wing (Wilson’s spot). If O’Brien suits up Monday, it’ll mark the 22-year-old’s first game in the NHL since 2014, when he played 13 games with the Caps.

Washington has been the NHL’s heathiest team through the season’s first three months, with just nine man games lost. Seven of those games were the result of Oshie’s previous injury—a shoulder ailment that sidelined him from Nov. 20 – Dec. 7. Wilson has not missed a game in two seasons.