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.”
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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