ARLINGTON, V.A. — After seeing their full lineup hit the ice on Monday, the Washington Capitals got back to work again on Tuesday. And although Nicklas Backstrom didn’t skate due to personal reasons, the team saw Anthony Mantha and T.J. Oshie continue to make progress in their recoveries.
Mantha remained in a blue non-contact jersey, and skated mainly as an extra forward, drawing in and out with Brett Leason. Meanwhile, Oshie was a full go in a regular sweater, skating on the third line with Connor McMichael and Lars Eller.
Meanwhile, Justin Schultz and Vitek Vanecek were also on the ice and cleared for contact. Schultz had been named day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury against the Nashville Predators. He also missed Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Vanecek, meanwhile, has been back at practice and skating for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 1.
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With Backstrom out, Daniel Sprong was filling in as the second-line center. Brett Leason, Michal Kempny and Matt Irwin, along with Mantha, were the extras.
Here are what the line combinations looked like:
Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Conor Sheary
Joe Snively-Daniel Sprong-Tom Wilson
Connor McMichael-Lars Eller-T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin-Nic Dowd-Garnet Hathaway
Brett Leason-Anthony Mantha
Martin Fehervary-John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov-Nick Jensen
Trevor van Riemsdyk-Justin Schultz
Michal Kempny-Matt Irwin
All three Capitals goalies were on the ice for practice. Ilya Samsonov, meanwhile, celebrated his 25th birthday at the skate.
Despite Backstrom’s absence, Washington is still seeing progress with several key names returning to the ice.
“We’re still not there — there’s still a lot of question marks out there,” head coach Peter Laviolette said of the lineup on Monday. “But it was nice to get everybody out there and practice.”
The Capitals also got some conditioning in, working on skating, doing some sprints and more.
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) February 22, 2022