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.
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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