Fans at Kettler got a little scare on Wednesday when Capitals’ top-line right wing T.J. Oshie abruptly left the ice midway through practice. Seconds later third-line left wing Jason Chimera also departed.
Chimera returned to the ice and joked with a reporter afterward that he had to make a phone call to his mother. Oshie, however, did not return.
“Just precautionary,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said of Oshie, who finished second on the Caps with 26 goals this season. “He’s fine. He just got tangled up with one of the guys there.”
Oshie was not in the Capitals’ locker room when it was opened to reporters.
The forward lines and defense pairings remained unchanged from Tuesday’s practice and Trotz said his players are looking forward to opening their first-round series against the Flyers on Thursday night at Verizon Center (6 p.m. Pregame Live, CSN).
“Guys want to get going and playing,” Trotz said. “If we had another practice day they would not like it. We’re as ready as we’re going to be to start a series.”
The Caps’ only lineup changes from the regular season will be Mike Richards stepping onto the third line between Chimera and Marcus Johansson, and Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt skating as a third defense pairing. Orlov and Schmidt will be making their Stanley Cup playoff debuts.
In Philadephia news, Flyers' defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere returned to practice on Wednesday. He missed practice on Tuesday for what was called a maintenance day.
Here’s how the Caps looked at practice:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams
Jason Chimera – Mike Richards – Marcus Johansson
Daniel Winnik – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Extras: Stan Galiev, Michael Latta
Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Nate Schmidt
Extras: Mike Weber, Taylor Chorney
Here’s how the Flyers looked on Wednesday, with Gostisbehere returning:
Jake Voracek – Claude Giroux – Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl – Sean Couturier – Brayden Schenn
Matt Read – Nick Cousins – Sam Gagner
Chris Vande-Velde - Pierre Edouard Bellemare – Ryan White
Nick Schultz – Mark Streit
Andrew MacDonald – Shayne Gostisbehere
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas