Wilson And Kempny Return; Oshie (Illness) And Djoos (Upper-Body) Are Listed As Day-To-Day: News From Capitals’ Practice

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The Washington Capitals held practice on Monday prior to Tuesday’s New Year Eve’s matinee against the New York Islanders (1 P.M. ET on NBC Sports Washington). Here is the latest from Medstar.

Projected Lineup

Line combinations and defensive pairings had a bit of a shake-up. Forward Tom Wilson and defenseman Michal Kempny returned to the ice wearing normal jerseys after being out with an upper-body injury and illness respectively. Wilson was back on the first line; Kempny was on the third pair with Radko Gudas.

Third-line forward Richard Panik bumped up to the second line in place of T.J. Oshie, who is listed as day-to-day with an illness. Also listed day-to-day is defenseman Christian Djoos. He left Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper-body injury and did not return. According to head coach Todd Reirden, Djoos will be out for Tuesday’s game.

The starting goaltender is still undecided.

Victorious Decade

The Capitals will say farewell to the 2010s as the winningest franchise of the decade and finish with the third-most wins in a single decade in league history. Captain Alex Ovechkin will finish with the most goals (437). Center Nicklas Backstrom will conclude with 511 assists.

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6 Responses to Wilson And Kempny Return; Oshie (Illness) And Djoos (Upper-Body) Are Listed As Day-To-Day: News From Capitals’ Practice

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Thanks for the “Six Sick Czechs” report. With the fact that the Caps current illness trend involved Czechs, I could not resist creating a tongue twister in their honor and now calling the Caps’ injury list the “Six Sick Czechs” report

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Will the Caps rebound tomorrow night? NYI will be pumped for this game!

    The flu bug should have finished its rounds with the Caps team by now. Richard Panik showed signs of life the past six games and now gets his chance on the Second Line. Maybe he can breathe some life into Little Jakey Vrana’s moribund game

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