T.J. Oshie Participates In Morning Skate, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov Remain Out

Washington Capitals right-winger T.J. Oshie was a full participant in Saturday’s morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Oshie returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a lower body injury against the Flyers last Saturday.

Oshie appears to be a go for tonight, but the Capitals have yet to officially clear him.

Vitek Vanecek was the first goalie off the ice which typically indicates he will get the start tonight in Game 1.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov remain absent from the team (COVID-19 protocols).

Oshie was injured in a battle along the boards with Nicolas Aube-Kubel in the final seconds of the second period of last Saturday night’s game against the Flyers. He did not return to the game.

The Capitals lines at morning skate:

Capitals power play units:
PP1: Carlson, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Mantha, Oshie
PP2: Orlov, Schultz, Eller, Wilson, Sheary

The Capitals and Bruins begin their best-of-seven first round series of the 2o21 NHL playoffs Saturday night at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:15 PM on NBC.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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