ARLINGTON, V.A. — As 2022 NHL Trade Deadline Day rolls on, the Washington Capitals saw some good news on the injury front at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd both took the ice for an optional skate as both deal with separate ailments. It’s unclear what the exact injuries are, but it was positive to see both skating.
Oshie suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday’s 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was skating in a regular contact jersey and appeared to be a full-go, taking part in drills. The 2021-22 campaign hasn’t been the kindest to Oshie, as numerous injuries have limited the 35-year-old to just 28 games this season. Still, he’s made quite an impact with 20 points.
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Meanwhile, Nic Dowd was wearing a blue non-contact sweater. He suffered an upper-body injury in Friday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. He has eight goals and nine assists through 50 appearances this season, and also got rewarded with a three-year extension earlier in the year.
Trevor van Riemsdyk, who went on the injured reserve on Sunday with an upper-body injury, did not skate. John Carlson didn’t skate. Since it’s an optional skate, his status is unknown. He went hard into the boards and went straight to the dressing room after taking a cross-check from behind from Jamie Benn late in the third of Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Both Capitals goalies were also on the ice on trade deadline day. Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov arrived early to work on skills and were full participants. Tom Wilson, Lars Eller, Michal Kempny, Connor McMichael, Brett Leason, Martin Fehervary, Matt Irwin and Garnet Hathaway also skated.