With two forwards expected to miss Sunday’s matinee against Columbus, the Capitals are expected to recall a forward from minor league Hershey later Saturday.
Winger T.J. Oshie, arguably the team’s best player a month into the season, is out with an upper body injury and could miss a significant amount of time. He’s officially listed as week-to-week.
Center Lars Eller is doubtful for Sunday, Trotz said. Like Oshie, he also suffered an upper body injury Friday.
Andre Burakosky, meantime, will be a game time decision vs. the Blue Jackets, according to Trotz. The winger appeared to practice fully Saturday after leaving Friday's game in the first period with an upper body ailment.
“All things are trending that he looks pretty good,” Trotz said.
Trotz would not say which player would be recalled from Hershey, but he said the recall would happen prior the Bears’ game Saturday night.
The Capitals currently have 11 healthy forwards on their roster. They need 12 to have four full lines.
All things considered, the Capitals must feel fortunate to have only lost Oshie long term. That said, Oshie does leave a significant void that must filled, perhaps by committee, for a few weeks.
“He’s huge,” Trotz said. “A lot of the battle areas. A lot of the skill areas. Penalty kill, on the power play in that diamond spot [where] he’s probably the best. There’s a lot of holes that he creates with him not in the lineup.”
Trotz added: “But it’s a next man up mentality. Someone gets an opportunity and you go from there. Some guys got that opportunity and made it a career. We have enough people that can step up and fill that void.”
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