Oshie Officially a “Game Time Decision” Tonight, But Will Likely Play

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After being sidelined with an “upper body injury” for seven straight games, TJ Oshie will return to the Capitals lineup when Washington hosts the Boston Bruins tonight at Verizon Center. 

CSN’s Tarik El-Bashir confirmed with Barry Trotz this morning that TJ Oshie will indeed play tonight:

Oshie originally sustained an “upper body injury” against the Red Wings on November 18th, and as a result, has missed the last seven games.

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PROJECTED LINES
It looks like Andre Burakovsky will indeed play tonight, with Brett Connolly potentially being the healthy scratch. Early media reports from Tuesday stated that Burakovsky could be a healthy scratch tonight. Taylor Chorney looks like the other healthy scratch for tonight’s game. Practice lines at this mornings pre-game skate:

Braden Holtby was the first goalie off of the ice at this morning’s practice, which typically signifies he will start tonight against Boston.

DEFENSIVE PAIRS
Coach Trotz made adjustments to the defensive pairs late in the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Gauging by yesterdays and today’s practices, those adjustments will be carried over to tonight’s game as well.

Dmitry Orlov will be moved to the top line with Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner will rejoin John Carslon on the send defensive pair. Video from this morning’s practice:

POWER PLAY UNITS
It appears Jay Beagle‘s time on the power play is done for now. The power play lines at this morning’s practice:

By Jon Sorensen

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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3 Responses to Oshie Officially a “Game Time Decision” Tonight, But Will Likely Play

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Welcome back, TJ!!!

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