Updates on T.J. Oshie, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeni Malkin, and Carl Hagelin

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With Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins beginning on Thursday night, both teams practiced on Wednesday morning. A pair of players from each team weren’t skating. Here’s a double-duty update as we not only update you on T.J. Oshie and Andre Burakvosky but additionally go behind enemy lines and give an update on Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin. 

T.J. OSHIE
As reported in our practice report, Oshie wasn’t at practice Wednesday and has missed practices and morning skates since Game 3’s morning skate last round in Columbus. Barry Trotz said after practice that Oshie will still play in Game 1.

ANDRE BURAKOVSKY
Burakovsky left Game 2 of the Capitals first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets after he was hit into the boards by Boone Jenner. He didn’t travel with the team to Games 3 and 4 of that series and Trotz said he was out for the remainder of that series.

With that series over and a new series set to begin, people were wondering if Burakovsky would be ready. Burakovsky wasn’t on the ice in Wednesday’s practice and Trotz told the media that his status is week-to-week but isn’t ruled out for the series.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Evgeni Malkin
Malkin is nursing a lower-body injury. He missed Game 6 of the Penguins first round series against the Flyers and hasn’t practiced since.

Carl Hagelin
Hagelin left Game 6 after a hard hit from Claude Giroux.

Neither player was at practice on Wednesday.

Per Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, Malkin will travel with the team to Washington later today. Hagelin will not. Malkin won’t play in Game 1 but there’s a possibility he could play in Game 2.

By Michael Marzzacco

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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