The Washington Capitals will be without another star for a lengthy amount of time, as T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Meanwhile, No. 1 defenseman John Carlson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Neither will play for Washington on Monday as the team closes out its road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Both Oshie and Carlson suffered their respective injuries in the first period of the Capitals win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Oshie appeared to be hurting while operating on the power play. He skated just 1:51 before heading down the tunnel, where he required assistance. Soon after, Carlson fell awkwardly while trying to steal the puck from Zach Sanford. He finished his shift and had one more seven-second shift but went to the locker room and did not return. He skated for roughly 4 minutes against the Predators, and neither he nor Oshie returned.
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It’s a major loss for Washington, who is already without stars Nicklas Backstrom (hip resurfacing surgery), Tom Wilson (ACL surgery), Carl Hagelin (hip surgery) and Connor Brown (lower-body). With Oshie out, that marks four missing forwards on the top-6.
Through eight games prior to Saturday, Oshie had two goals and three assists for five points and was skating on the second line alongside Dylan Strome and Marcus Johansson. Carlson, meanwhile, had six points in eight games leading up to the Nashville game.
As of right now, the Capitals haven’t recalled anyone yet. Matt Irwin is expected to make his season debut with Carlson out against Carolina. Meanwhile, Connor McMichael or Joe Snively will likely draw in with Oshie on the shelf. It is unclear which forward will be the next man up, though, or if there are more call-ups coming over the next few days.
Washington returns home on Tuesday to play the Vegas Golden Knights.