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Capitals wingers T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson missed practice Sunday in suburban Montreal, raising questions about their availability for Monday’s game against the Canadiens.

Oshie, who scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Senators, suffered an upper body injury in the second period of that contest and did not return. He was smashed in open ice by Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf and then cross-checked by Phaneuf a few minutes later. After the second run-in with Phaneuf, Oshie was done for the night.

Wilson, meantime, blocked an Erik Karlsson shot with his leg on a late penalty kill. Wilson did finish the game.

The Capitals are currently carrying one extra forward—winger Liam O’Brien, who was called up from Hershey on Friday—but would need to promote another if both Oshie and Wilson are unable to suit up at Bell Centre.

Coach Barry Trotz told reporters after practice that the team is in “wait and see” mode with Oshie and Wilson.

As of 3 p.m., the team had not announced another recall. The Bears host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 5. If another call-up is necessary, Zach Sanford, Jakub Vrana and Paul Carey have all spent time in Washington this season and would seem to be the likely candidates. The Caps currently have $1.3 in available cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com.

With Oshie and Wilson absent from practice, Brett Connolly skated on the first line in Oshie's spot alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. O’Brien worked as the left wing on the third line (Connolly’s old spot) and fourth line right wing (Wilson’s spot). If O’Brien suits up Monday, it’ll mark the 22-year-old’s first game in the NHL since 2014, when he played 13 games with the Caps.

 

Washington has been the NHL’s heathiest team through the season’s first three months, with just nine man games lost. Seven of those games were the result of Oshie’s previous injury—a shoulder ailment that sidelined him from Nov. 20 – Dec. 7. Wilson has not missed a game in two seasons.