The Caps will play their final game before the NHL All-Star break on Thursday and they will do it without winger T.J. Oshie. According to Caps blogger Mike Vogel, Oshie will miss Thursday's game against the New Jersey Devils due to a "family matter."
#Caps RW T.J. Oshie won't play tonight against the Devils. He went home and will miss tonight's game due to a family matter.— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) January 26, 2017
Chandler Stephenson was recalled by the Caps from the AHL on Tuesday and is still with the team. This means he will be in the lineup again for Thursday's game.
As for who will take Oshie's spot on the top line, it appears Jay Beagle will be rewarded for his great play of late. The fourth-line winger skated on the top line during Thursday's morning skate.
Caps AM skate lines in Jersey:— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) January 26, 2017
Holtby in starter's net.
Beagle missed Tuesday's game due to illness and it was the Caps' first regulation loss in 14 games.
We will know more about Thursday's lineup when Trotz speaks to the media after the morning skate.