T.J. Oshie Continues to Make Progress

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It seems like almost every time the Capitals either get a player back or are about to, another player goes down. First it was Christian Djoos after Matt Niskanen just returned in November. Recently Andre Burakovsky returned to action last Friday against the Rangers. Four days prior to that return, T.J. Oshie left the Capitals game against the Sharks with an upper-body injury.  

Oshie got slammed into the boards by Joe Thornton late in the second period and as you can see in the video below, his face smashed hard into the boards. Not a pretty picture.

Oshie has missed the last three games and didn’t skate with the team through the end of the week. Instead, he did some off-ice work with trainers. Prior to Sunday’s practice, Oshie began skating on the Kettler ice once again. He didn’t travel with the team to New York but Capitals head coach Barry Trotz pointed out that he continued skating back in Arlington.

On Tuesday morning, the Capitals held an optional skate prior to their game against the Colorado Avalanche. Oshie came out prior to the skate to take a twirl around the ice, sporting a green jersey.

Seven other players, excluding both goaltenders, came out on the ice for the optional skate and Oshie remained on the ice to partake in drills with them. Before the skate started, he was joined by Madison Bowey, Chandler Stephenson and Jakub Vrana.

Oshie worked on some puck deflections.

Oshie fired the puck down-low alongside of the net.

Oshie would then take part in some 2-on-1 drills.

Oshie on the breakaway.

Oshie seemed like he was happy and excited to be back skating with some teammates. He gets fired up in this video. You can hear him go “WOO!” at the end.

In this particular drill, Oshie was coming around the net shooting four pucks that were placed horizontally on both the left and the right face-off area.

The four puck-drill went from horizontal to vertical along both sides. By this time, Oshie was the only player on the ice with assistant coaches Todd Reirden and Blaine Forsythe looking on.

Before exiting the ice and calling it a day, Oshie skated around in circles.

Trotz isn’t going to address the media until 5 p.m. prior to tonight’s game but it is doubtful he will play tonight. With the Capitals scheduled off tomorrow, it is also highly unlikely that he will play on Thursday night in Boston. Oshie would need to participate in a full practice at least once or twice before being cleared to play. But as we saw this morning at Kettler, Oshie has made progress and is one step closer to coming back. Once he’s back, barring any setbacks from the next couple of games, this team will be fully healthy.

By Michael Marzzacco

The Oshie's are in the November issue of @dcmagazine. #Capitals

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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