Although T.J. Oshie remains sidelined, the Caps’ star winger continues to make good progress in his recovery from an upper body injury, Coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday.
Oshie missed his fourth straight game against Colorado, and he won’t be on the team’s trip to Boston, either.
But he could be back very soon—assuming all continues to go well.
He took part in Tuesday’s optional morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey.
“He will not [travel] to Boston. [But] he actually will skate and do a couple of things here,” Coach Barry Trotz said.
“I anticipate when we get back he will probably join us in practice, if everything goes fine.”
Oshie, who was injured Dec. 4 when his head got crunched against the boards by San Jose’s Joe Thornton, has been back on the ice since Sunday, but he must be a full participant in a team practice before he receives medical clearance.
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The next opportunity for Oshie to do that will be Friday morning in Arlington; the Caps are scheduled for an 11:30 session.
If Oshie completes that practice with no setbacks and is cleared, Washington's next two games are Saturday vs. Anaheim and Tuesday in Dallas.
Oshie is tied for second on the team in goals with Evgeny Kuznetsov (10) and is fourth in points (23).