As the Washington Capitals juggle lineup changes ahead of Thursday’s game in Boston, they saw T.J. Oshie head to the injured reserve for the third time this season.
Oshie suffered an upper-body injury on Saturday against the New York Islanders early in the first period. He skated just 1:46 minutes over two shifts and appeared to be in pain after trying to catch a high puck. He got some individual work in ahead of Washington’s optional skate on Wednesday, but he did not join the group for practice.
A number of injuries, as well as bouts with COVID-19 and the flu, have limited Oshie to just 18 games this season. Still, he has made quite an impact when in the lineup with five goals and 13 points. He can return on Jan. 24 against Vegas.
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With Oshie on the IR, Washington opened space to recall Michal Kempny and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby from the taxi squad, while assigning Mike Sgarbossa to the taxi squad. Both Kempny and Jonsson-Fjallby will play on Thursday against Boston, drawing in for Dmitry Orlov and Daniel Sprong.
Orlov is serving the first game of a two-game suspension for kneeing Nikolaj Ehlers on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sprong will sit as a healthy scratch against the Bruins.
John Carlson and Conor Sheary will also miss Thursday’s game and remain on COVID-19 protocol. Vitek Vanecek will get the start in Beantown.