T.J. Oshie, Nic Dowd Skate In-Full Contact Jerseys; Daniel Sprong Helped From The Ice During Practice; Lars Eller Remains Out

Following a day off in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Capitals traveled to Northern California on Friday in advance of their tilt with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. The team held practice Friday afternoon at the Solar4America Ice at San Jose.
Both T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd skated in full contact jerseys, further signifying the two players are closer to their return to the lineup.

Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette said T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd are “possibilities” for Saturday’s game in San Jose. Laviolette said they were getting close.

Oshie skated on a line with rookies Connor McMichael and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby during practice. The Capitals power play units on Friday:

Daniel Sprong was helped from the ice during practice. He would later return to the ice to test things out by himself. Laviolette said after practice it’s a good sign that he returned to practice.

Lars Eller was once again a non-practice-ant in practice as he continues in COVID protocol. It was unclear if Eller traveled to San Jose or remained in Los Angeles.


The Capitals extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1) with a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night. It marks Washington’s second point streak of at least six games this season (eight-game point streak: Oct. 13 – Oct. 29: 5-0-3).

The Capitals, who sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 10-2-5 (25 points), rank fifth in the NHL in goals for per game (3.41) and third in goals against per game (2.29). Washington is one of two teams to rank in top five in both categories (Florida: 3.88 GF/GP ranks first, 2.41 GA/GP ranks fifth).

Ilya Samsonov stopped all 34 shots faced against Los Angeles and earned his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. This season, Samsonov is 5-0-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and .914 save percentage. Samsonov and Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (7-0-2) are the only goaltenders in the NHL this season with at least five starts and zero regulation losses.

In 52 career games, Samsonov has a 34-10-4 record and a 22-3-2 record on the road. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Samsonov’s 22 road wins rank tied for seventh in the NHL and are the most among goaltenders with 30 or fewer road games played.

The Capitals face the Sharks tomorrow night in San Jose. Puck drop is set for 10:30 PM ET.

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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2 Responses to T.J. Oshie, Nic Dowd Skate In-Full Contact Jerseys; Daniel Sprong Helped From The Ice During Practice; Lars Eller Remains Out

  1. votato says:

    why is Oshie not on LTIR?

  2. m101p says:

    Very nice

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