The Washington Capitals’ injury woes continue, as T.J. Oshie heads back to the injured reserve.
Oshie had made the trip out west with the team and came off the IR on Saturday. He dressed for the San Jose game, registering an assist, one shot and a whopping eight hits through 14:15 minutes. However, he missed his homecoming game on Sunday against the Seattle Kraken with a lower-body injury.
According to head coach Peter Laviolette, Oshie’s ailment is unrelated to the one he suffered on Oct. 27 against the Detroit Red Wings, which left him in a walking boot and out week-to-week.
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Also, Conor Sheary had gotten on the ice for the morning skate but left the surface before it started. In the meantime, Washington has recalled center Michael Sgarbossa and left-wing Beck Malenstyn to help fill some of the voids.
Sgarbossa leads Hershey with eight goals and 14 points through 15 games this season. Malenstyn has a goal and two assists in 15 GP.
The Capitals clash with the Montreal Canadiens on Thanksgiving eve. In addition to Oshie, Conor Sheary and Lars Eller were also absent from Wednesday’s morning skate. Sheary had been on the ice prior to practice but left after skating a bit. Eller is likely still on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and is not listed on the team’s media site roster.
Aliaksei Protas was filling in on the top-line right wing, with Wilson moving to the second line with Connor McMichael and Daniel Sprong.