T.J. Oshie will miss a sixth straight game when Washington hosts Anaheim on Saturday night.
The Caps’ star winger, however, continues to make progress in his recovery from the upper body injury he suffered Dec. 4 against San Jose.
On Friday, he joined his teammates for the first half of practice while wearing a non-contact jersey. He left the ice, though, once the more vigorous work began.
After taking a lengthy twirl on his own, Oshie is now taking shots on the goalies. Unclear how much he’ll end up doing today. Trotz may have an update following practice. pic.twitter.com/cpM9Yyxqq0— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) December 15, 2017
Coach Barry Trotz said Oshie’s early departure was planned.
“He skated today [but] until he does a full practice he will not play,” Trotz said. “He’s going through the protocols and all that.”
The Caps are not scheduled to practice on Sunday so the next opportunity for Oshie to complete a full session will be on Monday morning prior to the team leaving for a three-game road trip that will make stops in Dallas, Arizona and Las Vegas.
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Assuming Oshie receives medical clearance in the coming days and there are no further injuries, Trotz will have a tough choice to make once No. 77 is ready. Someone has to come out. But who? Chandler Stephenson? Devante Smith-Pelly? Someone else?
“That’s what you want; you want internal competition,” Trotz said. “I don’t know who would come out yet when T.J. does come in. But they’ll let me know.”