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Barry Trotz upgrades 3 injured Caps from 'week-to-week' to 'day-to-day'

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Barry Trotz upgrades 3 injured Caps from 'week-to-week' to 'day-to-day'

BUFFALO—The Caps could be on the verge of getting back one or more of their injured players, according to Coach Barry Trotz.

On Tuesday morning in Arlington, defenseman Matt Niskanen and forwards Brett Connolly and Tyler Graovac went through a vigorous skate that included some game-like situations. All three have been sidelined for with upper body injuries.

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“They’re all day-to-day,” Trotz said prior to Washington’s 3-1 loss in Buffalo. “They’re getting from week-to-week to day-to-day type of situations.”

“So,” the coach added, “they’re getting their conditioning ramped up. They’re feeling better from whatever injuries they have. Hopefully we’ll start getting one at a time into the lineup here.”

Although the Caps have won three of their last four games, their depth has been tested by the absences, particularly Niskanen's. The team’s No. 1 blueliner has been sidelined since Oct. 13.

Connolly has been out since leaving the game in Vancouver on Oct. 26, while Graovac has been sidelined since Oct. 17. It's possible Gravoac is slightly ahead of the others; he participated in Monday's morning skate.

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The team is also without Andre Burakovsky, but he’s recovering from surgery on his left thumb and will be on the shelf until next month.

After the loss to the Sabres, Trotz had more positive news on the injury front: the lower body ailment that caused rookie defenseman Madison Bowey to be a late scratch is not considered to be serious.

“He went through warmup and was able to go,” Trotz said. “We felt that long term…that we didn’t want to risk [it]. So we went with a little bit of a cautious approach.”

The Caps did not practice on Wednesday. They'll return to the ice at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday for practice in Arlington.   

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Game 34: Capitals vs. Ducks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 34: Capitals vs. Ducks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Ducks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Ducks game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-DUCKS GAME?

The Capitals (20-12-1) take on the Ducks (14-11-7) Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-DUCKS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Ducks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 7:00 p.m. followed by Capitals GameTime at 7:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington following the game for Caps Extra, Caps Overtime at 11:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 12 a.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

7:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Ducks
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
12:00 a.m. — Caps in 30

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-DUCKS GAME?

The Capitals-Ducks game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR CAPITALS-DUCKS?

Here are the Caps' projected lines:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Alex Chiasson
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Christian Djoos - Madison Bowey

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches: T.J. Oshie (upper-body injury), Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-DUCKS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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When will T.J. Oshie return to the Caps' lineup?

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When will T.J. Oshie return to the Caps' lineup?

T.J. Oshie will miss a sixth straight game when Washington hosts Anaheim on Saturday night.

The Caps’ star winger, however, continues to make progress in his recovery from the upper body injury he suffered Dec. 4 against San Jose.

On Friday, he joined his teammates for the first half of practice while wearing a non-contact jersey. He left the ice, though, once the more vigorous work began.

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Coach Barry Trotz said Oshie’s early departure was planned.

“He skated today [but] until he does a full practice he will not play,” Trotz said. “He’s going through the protocols and all that.”

The Caps are not scheduled to practice on Sunday so the next opportunity for Oshie to complete a full session will be on Monday morning prior to the team leaving for a three-game road trip that will make stops in Dallas, Arizona and Las Vegas.

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Assuming Oshie receives medical clearance in the coming days and there are no further injuries, Trotz will have a tough choice to make once No. 77 is ready. Someone has to come out. But who? Chandler Stephenson? Devante Smith-Pelly? Someone else?

“That’s what you want; you want internal competition,” Trotz said. “I don’t know who would come out yet when T.J. does come in. But they’ll let me know.”