Injury Updates on Oshie, Beagle, Kempny, and Boyd

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After dropping a tough Game 1 in overtime, the Washington Capitals hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday morning. There were several storylines throughout the morning and one big one was on those who have been banged up for the last couple of days. After Michal Kempny took a shot to the head on the boards by Josh Anderson in Game 1, Kempny left the game with an injury and didn’t return. 

Jay Beagle has been recovering from an upper-body injury for nearly two weeks but has slowly been taking steps this week to returning as he’s practiced solo on the ice from Monday through Wednesday and participated in Thursday’s morning skate in a light blue non-contact jersey.

On Saturday morning it looked like good news for the Capitals. Jay Beagle practiced in his usual white bottom-six forward jersey. Beagle was taking rushes in his usual spot on the fourth line alongside Chandler Stephenson and Alex Chiasson.

As for Kempny, he was listed as day-to-day on Friday’s day off but on Saturday he skated in the traditional navy blue defensemen jersey. He also took rushes on the top pair with John Carlson.

After practice, Kempny told the media that he’s good to go for Game 2. Kempny also said that he even wanted to re-enter Game 1 after he was evaluated but the doctors wouldn’t let him. Jay Beagle told reporters that he’s hopeful of playing tomorrow night but the decision rests with the coaches and team doctors. Head coach Barry Trotz told the media that it’s a possibility that Beagle will play tomorrow and confirmed that Kempny will play in Game 2.

As for the lines at practice, which could be a preview of tomorrow’s lineup:

Vrana-Eller-Smith Pelly

You may be wondering where T.J. Oshie was. He missed practice for a maintenance day but Trotz said Oshie will be back on the ice tomorrow. Oshie did leave Game 1 briefly but came back.

As for Travis Boyd, who’s missed practice since last Saturday with an illness, he was back on the ice practicing. Here’s something for our Hershey Bears readers, Boyd getting shots up on Pheonix Copley.

The Caps will be back at Kettler tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. for a morning skate prior to Game 2.

By Michael Marzzacco

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