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Capitals Quick Hits: Alexeyev Will Play, Carlson, Orlov, Oshie Updates



Capitals defenseman Alex Alexeyev

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals got some more news on the injury front and will see one of their LTIR names make their season debut on Wednesday while other players remain on the shelf.

Alex Alexeyev, who underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason, will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 22-year-old suffered the injury in St. Petersburg while training with teammates in June. A rookie was playing with the group and hit Alexeyev, separating his shoulder.

Alexeyev played four games with Hershey, recording an assist and +/- of plus-1. The 6-4, 215-pound blueliner will skate on the third pairing with Matt Irwin. Alexeyev has been activated from the LTIR, and in turn, Lucas Johansen heads back to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

Meanwhile, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov will not play. Carlson will miss his sixth straight game, while Orlov will miss his second. They both remain day-to-day with lower-body injuries.

Carlson was hurt in the first period of the Capitals’ win over the Nashville Predators on Oct. 29. The 31-year-old was trying to steal the puck from Zach Sanford when he went down awkwardly into a split. He left the game shortly after.

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Orlov, meanwhile, is dealing with an injury. He didn’t play past the first period of Saturday’s loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

In other injury news, T.J. Oshie was out on the ice and skating for the first time since he was hurt in the Nashville game. Oshie had pulled up on the power play in the first period of that tilt and appeared uncomfortable. He didn’t return and hadn’t skated since that game.

Oshie appeared to be in good shape, getting a lot of work in ahead of the morning skate. However, he didn’t remain out for the rest of the practice.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said Oshie is progressing, but he is still on the IR and out indefinitely.