T.J. Oshie And Nic Dowd Return To The Ice; Lars Eller Misses Morning Skate And Is Listed As “Questionable” For Tonight

The Capitals made their way to the west coast Monday afternoon in advance of their back-to-back set in Southern California. They will first visit the Ducks in Anaheim tonight before facing the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

The team held their gameday morning skate this morning at the Honda Center in Anaheim. T.J. Oshie, who has been out since suffering a lower body injury (foot) against the Detroit Red Wings on October 27, skated with the team and participated in drills.

Nic Dowd also skated with the team this morning. He is eligible to come off of the injured reserve list tonight if he is cleared to play.

Dowd and Oshie both participated in all team drills — minus the line rushes. They both participated in extra work following morning skate, indicating they are both unlikely to play tonight against the Ducks.

Center Lars Eller did not participate in the team’s morning skate this morning. He is listed as “questionable” for tonight’s game against the Ducks. Here are the lines from this morning:

Vitek Vanecek is expected to get the start tonight. Ilya Samsonov remained on the ice for additional work following morning skate.

The Capitals, who are riding a four-game winning streak, begin a four-game road trip tonight in Anaheim. Washington (four wins in a row) and Anaheim (seven wins in a row) currently have the two longest active win streaks in the NHL. The last time the Caps visited California – from Dec. 3-6, 2019 – they swept each of the three California teams (San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim) on the road for the first time in franchise history.

The Caps begin this road trip after recording their largest margin of victory of the season when they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 at Capital One Arena on Sunday. During the four-game streak, which began on Nov. 8 against Buffalo, Washington has outscored opponents 17-7 and has had 11 different players light the lamp. This season, the Caps are allowing the second-fewest shots per game in the NHL at 26.7, only trailing the Seattle Kraken (26.1).

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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3 Responses to T.J. Oshie And Nic Dowd Return To The Ice; Lars Eller Misses Morning Skate And Is Listed As “Questionable” For Tonight

  1. novafyre says:

    I imagine that Osh would really want to play in the Seattle game.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    This could be a night of two rookie centers (and two other rookie forwards) by my count if Eller can’t go.

  3. votato says:

    why is oshie not on ltir? he’s missed close to 10 games already… save that cap space.

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