ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals were missing some pieces at practice, but did get a positive sign on the T.J. Oshie front.
Oshie was on the ice ahead of practice in a blue non-contact jersey, skating, stickhandling and taking shots on his own. Head coach Peter Laviolette said on Thursday that he is day-to-day.
The 35-year-old was injured in the second period of Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings after taking a hard hit along the boards from Joe Veleno. He skated off under his own power but did not return to game action.
T.J. Oshie just left the Capitals' bench with a trainer after taking this hit along the boards. pic.twitter.com/irCBrVlR3Q
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) October 6, 2022
In addition to Oshie, Dmitry Orlov is maintenance/day-to-day with an undisclosed lower-body injury. It is unclear when it happened, but he did finish Wednesday’s game.
Lars Eller also missed practice on Friday due to an illness.
Washington is set to close out the preseason on Saturday at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Oshie is not likely to play in that matchup, per Laviolette. As of right now, it’s unclear as to whether Orlov or Eller will play.
The Capitals will then have to submit its opening night roster by Monday at 5 p.m. before opening the season against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.