Updated 2:02 p.m: Capitals coach Barry Trotz said T.J. Oshie (flu) would not make the trip to New Jersey to face the Devils and John Carlson looks ready to return after a 13-game absence due to a lower body injury.
Capitals defenseman John Carlson rejoined his teammates for practice at kid-friendly Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday and took several shifts alongside Nate Schmidt.
Carlson has missed the past 13 games with a lower body injury and Caps coach Barry Trotz said last week his veteran defenseman might return Friday night when the Capitals visit the New Jersey Devils.
If he does, it will be interesting to see how the Caps’ defensive pairings will look.
On Thursday Carlson spent the second half of practice with Schmidt, while Brooks Orpik and Dmitry Orlov. Matt Niskanen remained on pairing with Karl Alzner, while Taylor Chorney and Mike Weber made up the Caps’ fourth pairing.
Meanwhile, forward T.J. Oshie missed practice because he was sick, prompting a forward line shuffle that looked like this:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Justin Williams
Marcus Johansson – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Andre Burakovsky
Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Stan Galiev – Mike Richards- Daniel Winnik
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