T.J. Oshie did not participate in the Caps’ practice on Tuesday and seems unlikely to suit up Wednesday night against the visiting Blackhawks.
The star right wing is officially listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. He was hurt in Monday’s 4-1 win over the Sharks when his head got crunched between Joe Thornton’s hip and the boards.
“I would probably say he’s very doubtful,” Coach Barry Trotz said.
Trotz said he could not project how long he expects the Caps to be without Oshie, who is second on the team in goals (10) and third in points (23).
Oshie had been scheduled to participate in a sponsor’s event Tuesday evening but it was canceled.
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With Oshie sidelined, Trotz shuffled his forward combos for Tuesday's practice. Here’s how they lined up:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson
Vrana – Kuznetsov – Chiasson (Burakovsky rotated in)
Boyd – Eller – Connolly
Graovac – Beagle – Smith-Pelly (Stephenson rotated in)
There could be more shuffling at Wednesday’s morning skate since Chandler Stephenson is expected to return from a one game absence. Andre Burakovsky, meanwhile, skated with his teammates for a second straight day, but Trotz made it sound like he's a longshot to face Chicago.
“There’s a slim possibility that he’d be in,” Trotz said. “I think he’s getting close. Another practice or two and he should be good to go.”
The Caps have now lost 60 man games to injury or illness this season. Last year, the lost a league-low 49.