The 2021-22 campaign has not been the kindest to Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, and he will again be held out of the lineup due to a lower-body injury.
Washington announced on Friday that the 35-year-old will miss Friday’s tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes after suffering a lower-body injury on Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Capitals listed him as day-to-day.
Mike Vecchione will draw into the lineup and make his Capitals debut with Oshie out. Vecchione is the only extra forward on the roster with Lars Eller still on COVID-19 protocol following a positive test while returning to The States from Vancouver. This will be his first NHL game since April 9, 2017. Ironically, that game was also against the Hurricanes.
Oshie skated just 12:06 minutes in Thursday’s 7-2 victory over CBJ. He skated just three shifts in the third period, with the last one being 19 seconds. He appeared to skate off without putting too much weight on his left foot. It’s unclear exactly what happened or what the specific injury is.
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Injuries have limited No. 77 to just 28 games this season but has made the most of his time in the lineup with 20 points. He would be on pace for 59 points in a normal 82-game season. Oshie was just started to heat up with points in three of his last four games. He has also provided a spark on a strong second line with Anthony Mantha, who recently returned from a long-term injury of his own, and Nicklas Backstrom, who missed the first few months of the season while rehabilitating a hip injury.
Oshie has seen quite a few trips to the injured reserve this season and was also on COVID-19 protocol at one point. He is not on the injured reserve now.