T.J. Oshie’s return to the Capitals’ lineup appears imminent.
For the first time since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 18, Oshie was assigned to a forward line during Tuesday’s practice. Oshie also worked with the first team power play unit.
Coach Barry Trotz wouldn’t commit to playing Oshie on Wednesday night against the Bruins. But he wouldn’t rule it out, either.
“We’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Trotz said. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow. He’s possible.”
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Oshie sounded a little more confident that he’ll play.
“I don’t think it’s official [and] I still have to talk to Trotz,” Oshie said. “But yeah, I got into a real practice for a change here, and felt pretty good out there. We’ll see where we go.”
Oshie said there were no limitations put on him by the medical staff prior to practice, during which he did some corner battle drills with Nate Schmidt and Brett Connolly. It marked the second straight day that Oshie participated in contact drills.
“I told Schmitty not to let up on me; I hope he didn’t,” Oshie said. “And it felt good. It’s still day-by-day and we’ll see where we get to tomorrow morning. But right now it feels great.”
Oshie practiced on the second line with Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom. Assuming he feels good in the morning, that’s probably where he’d line against the surging Bruins, who are 4-0-1 in the last five games.
The Caps are 3-3-1 in Oshie’s absence, with 15 goals in that span. Oshie still ranks third on the team in goals with eight, despite missing the past seven-plus games.
“It’s been a pretty good progression,” Oshie said. “Getting better, getting better. Pushing it [and] if it was sore, we would back off. Everything has been positive so far.”