Capitals Injury Updates On Michal Kempny, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, and Devante Smith-Pelly

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Despite winning six games in a row, the Washington Capitals‘ longest in over a season, the team has been missing key players due to injuries for the first time in a while. Here are all the injury updates from Thursday’s Capitals practice: 

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury, took contact for the first time and is expected to return to the lineup when the Capitals host the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena tomorrow night. He took line rushes next to forwards Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly on the second line and practiced on the top power-play unit. Kuznetsov, 26, has yet to be medically cleared.

Captain Alex Ovechkin took a maintenance day with an upper-body injury after being a full participant in yesterday’s practice. Center Travis Boyd took his spot on the power-play and the top line next to center Nicklas Backstrom and forward Tom Wilson. It appears as if the team expects him to play against the Devils.

Forward Devante Smith-Pelly skated with the forwards with skills coach Mark Nemish prior to practice and took line rushes on the third line with center Lars Eller and forward Andre Burakovsky. He missed practice yesterday due to a lower-body injury.

Defenseman Michal Kempny also skated after missing practice yesterday due to a maintenance day. Smith-Pelly and Kempny each told the media that they expect to suit up against the Devils tomorrow night after practice.

Forward T.J. Oshie is still not skating due to an upper-body injury. He has missed the past six games and has not participated in a full practice yet. Oshie was on the bench prior to practice yesterday shooting pucks but was not in uniform.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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12 Responses to Capitals Injury Updates On Michal Kempny, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, and Devante Smith-Pelly

  1. Jim says:

    When did Ovi get hurt?! I was at practice yesterday and didn’t see anything?!

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  2. J says:

    Just a maintenance day.. Ovis playing. Thank goodness. You see this more and more vet days off& maintenance days for post 30&35 players especially established hof players in nfl. So.. Ov needs a break he gets a break aslong as hes there come gameday.

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