PHILADELPHIA -- Defenseman Dmitry Orlov will remain in the lineup but T.J. Oshie may be out when the Capitals face the Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m., NBCSN).
Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Oshie got “twisted up” in Monday night’s 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He practiced with the team on Tuesday and is expected to take warmups before deciding whether to play.
Oshie is second on the Caps with 24 goals.
Orlov is expected to play alongside Brooks Orpik on the Caps’ third defense pairing. He was criticized by Trotz for committing a turnover that led to a goal Monday night.
“Hopefully, he plays the game I expect him to play,” Trotz said. “Understand the situation and that momentum changes can happen in a game or in a playoff series. Sometimes a simple play will do and you live to fight another day.
“But he’s a talented player and there’s always a little bit of a risk-reward. I’m not asking him to put the puck off the glass every time he touches the puck. I’m just asking him to make good decisions and he will.”
Without Oshie, the Capitals went with a top line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson at Wednesday’s morning skate. Trotz said Ovechkin and Kuznetsov “have been quiet for a while now” and he’s hoping a reunion will help kickstart their offensive juices.
Ovechkin has two goals in his last 12 games and Kuznetsov has gone five games without a point.
“The coaching staff right now is looking for different lineups in case something happens,” Ovechkin said. “Osh I think is out of the lineup today. It’s a good thing we have players who can jump in right away and not break anything.
With 43 goals, Ovechkin is not ruling out reaching 50 goals for the seventh time in his career, but he’s not obsessing about it.
“Of course (it matters),” he said. “Seven goals to 50. If I get it, it will be cool. But if not, it’s OK. I was there.”
Here’s what the Caps’ lines and defense pairings looked like without Oshie:
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Marcus Johansson
Andre Burakovsky – Nicklas Backstrom – Justin Williams
Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik – Mike Richards – Michael Latta
Extra: Stan Galiev
Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt – John Carlson
Brooks Orpik – Dmitry Orlov
Extras: Mike Weber, Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby (starter) – Philipp Grubauer