There’s a chance that winger T.J. Oshie could return to the Capitals’ lineup against the Bruins or in Buffalo, Coach Barry Trotz said Monday.

“Is it a possibility? Yes,” Trotz said. “It’s possible. But I don’t if it’s there or not yet.”

Monday’s morning skate—the Caps are set to host the Sabres at Verizon Center at 7 p.m. on CSN—marked the most Oshie’s done since suffering a shoulder injury against Detroit on Nov. 18. Although he was not assigned to a line, he participated fully in drills and appeared unencumbered when taking shots.

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The only outward sign that he’s still hurting came when he did crunches on the ice rather than pushups like his teammates.

“I feel good,” said Oshie, who’ll miss his seventh straight game. “We’re making strides. We’re testing it. We’re getting better each day. And today, just like the last time we talked, is the best day yet.”

“Everything,” he added, “is positive so far.”

Washington is 2-3-1 since Oshie got hurt.

After playing host to the Sabres, the Caps entertain the Bruins on Wednesday before traveling to Buffalo for a game on Friday.


Asked if he feels like he could play in one of those upcoming contests, Oshie indicated that he’ll leave the decision up to the trainers.  

“I don’t know,” he said. “Like I said before, this is kind of new to me. So I’m really going day-by-day. You know, hockey players, we’d like to play every game. We’ll just see where tomorrow gets me.”

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