The Capitals got Brooks Orpik back on Thursday and look like they may get T.J. Oshie back as well on Saturday for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The veteran winger was back on the top line for Friday's practice and Tom Wilson was practicing at his normal spot on the fourth, a sign that the team expects to have Oshie back.
"Felt pretty good so we'll see how ever we go here in the next 24 hours," Oshie said following practice. "I think it's looking pretty good for right now."
"He's getting real close," head coach Barry Trotz said. "Maybe tomorrow."
Oshie has missed four games with an upper-body injury he suffered on Feb. 22. He also missed time earlier in the season for another upper-body issue, but he insisted the two were not related.
"It's something different," Oshie said. "Something that I don't think will affect me going forward at all. Just got to get 100 percent over it before I go back."
Getting to 100 percent is especially important as the Caps prepare for the playoffs.
With the team gearing up for a run at the Stanley Cup, a lingering injury to a top-line winger is a major concern and many may be surprised to see Oshie returning so quickly. But according to him, there's no reason to worry about whether he may be coming back too soon.
"The trainers are the guys that are not rushing me back and I'm the guy trying to get back so I think it balances itself out with them," Oshie said. "No one likes sitting out for whatever reason it is. The good side is that the team's playing well right now, we're winning some games. It's different when the team's not doing well. It's a little easier to sit on the sidelines when the team's winning."
Oshie suffered the most recent injury in a game against Philadelphia. Now it looks like he will be returning Saturday just in time to play...Philadelphia.
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