T.J. Oshie Leaves Preseason Game Against Detroit Red Wings With Upper-Body Injury

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After being limited to only 44 Games Played last season mostly due to injury, Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie was aiming to play a full season as the team heads into the 2022-23 regular season. On Wednesday night, during the Caps’ preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings, he left the game with an upper-body injury.

Oshie exited the game with 5:32 left in the second period after taking a hit along the sideboards from Detroit’s Joseph Veleno.

The Capitals announced that the 35-year old will not return to the game and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

The tenacious winger and fan favorite had already had a rough time of it after taking a shot to his leg earlier in the period.

Oshie dealt with a myriad of injuries last season, most of which originated with a broken foot suffered in late October 2021. Despite his short season, the fan favorite was confident of his ability to play a full 82-game schedule in 2022-23. ”There’s no reason why I can’t play a full season next season. I’ll think I’ll be better than I was this season:, he told the media in his exit interview prior to the offseason.

Oshie is entering his eighth season as a member of the Capitals, and has played 457 regular season games with the team since being acquired in July of 2015. During the offseason he underwent a core procedure, but said that he was ready to go for the start of the season.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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7 Responses to T.J. Oshie Leaves Preseason Game Against Detroit Red Wings With Upper-Body Injury

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully not a shoulder. He’s had issues with shoulder injuries throughout the years.

  2. novafyre says:

    Hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t believe retirement is that far away for Osh.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think Oshie starts season on sidelines, just becuase it helps the team, and that will reduce the length of Oshie’s season.

  4. Dan says:

    I don’t believe Oshie being out helps the team since I don’t believe any of this younger players that are being considered are as good as TJ, even at 35. But yes it would allow the decision makers a roster spot for a young player and more time to evaluate said player during the early part of the regular season.

    • novafyre says:

      They may not be as good as a 100% Oshie or even an 80% Oshie, but are they as good as a 50% Oshie? I always worry about players coming back too quickly. They are competitive. They don’t want to sit and just watch. But by coming back too quickly they can hurt the team by denying that spot to someone who at that moment is better and hurt themselves by prolonging their injury or perhaps worsening it. That is why I feel Caps should strongly consider not playing Nicky until the playoffs.

      Hopefully we’ll find out today that Osh’s injury isn’t serious and all this speculation is moot.

  5. Jonathan says:

    Hoping for the best Osh.

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