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Caps re-assign Liam O'Brien, Paul Carey to Hershey and what that means for T.J. Oshie

Caps re-assign Liam O'Brien, Paul Carey to Hershey and what that means for T.J. Oshie

The Capitals made one announcement regarding Liam O'Brien and Paul Carey on Tuesday, but the real news is actually what that may mean for T.J. Oshie.

O'Brien and Carey were both re-assigned to the Hershey Bears, dropping the Caps down to the minimum of 12 forwards on the active roster. O'Brien was recalled prior to the team leaving for its two-game road trip as insurance in case of injury. The Caps made an additional recall for Carey after Oshie took a big hit from Dion Phaneuf on Saturday in Ottawa that kept him out of Monday's game against the Montreal Canadiens. With Oshie out, O'Brien played on the fourth line while Carey was a healthy scratch.

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Oshie missed seven games earlier in the season after suffering a shoulder injury against the Detroit Red Wings. His absence was noticeable and the Caps stumbled their way to a 3-3-1 record without him.

Phaneuf struck Oshie in the same shoulder he had previously injured making his absence from Monday's game a troubling sign. But the news Tuesday likely means Oshie will be ready for Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. By re-assigning both O'Brien and Carey, the Caps are down to the minimum of 12 forwards. Unless the Caps intend to play a defenseman at forward, this would seem to indicate Oshie will be back in the lineup for Wednesday.

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NHL releases potential Game 7 start time

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NHL releases potential Game 7 start time

If the Caps-Maple Leafs series goes past Game 6 tonight, fans officially now know the start of Game 7. 

Sunday morning, the NHL announced the start time for a potential final game in the series. 

Caps fans presumably would prefer to not have to deal with a Game 7, but if they have to, now they know when it would start. 

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Braden Holtby officially named one of three finalists for 2017 Vezina Trophy

Braden Holtby officially named one of three finalists for 2017 Vezina Trophy

Braden Holtby is officially in the running to repeat as the top goaltender in the NHL.

On Saturday afternoon, the Capitals' goalie was named as a finalist for the 2017 Vezina Trophy, per the NHL release.

The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL's top netminder based on regular-season play.

Holtby — who won the award in 2016, joins Canadiens goalie Carey Price — the 2015 winner — and with Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky.

The sixth-year Saskatchewan native finished the regular season with a 42-13-6 record in 63 starts. He recorded nine shutouts and had a 2.07 goals against average and entered the postseason with a .925 save percentage.

Holtby finished the regular season with the league lead in shutouts and wins, and ranked second in GAA and third in save percentage.

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