Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette provided numerous injury updates after the team’s practice on Wednesday just prior to their departure for Thursday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally).
Right-wing T.J. Oshie, who sustained an upper-body injury in Washington’s 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, will not play in the team’s back-to-back in Ottawa or at home on Friday against the Winnipeg Jets before the Christmas break.
Oshie, who will turn 36 on Friday, missed Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday and was held out for 12 games earlier this season due to a lower-body injury.
Defenseman Martin Fehervary, who has missed eight straight games with a lower-body injury, participated in Wednesday’s practice but did not take contact. He will not travel to Ottawa.
Center Nic Dowd, who missed Saturday’s game but played Monday, did not skate on Wednesday but will travel. Laviolette was hopeful that Dowd would be available on Thursday.
Right-wing Tom Wilson (torn ACL, has not played this season), center Nicklas Backstrom (hip, has not played this season), and left-wing Beck Malenstyn (finger, has missed past 23 games) will not travel after all took contact in Wednesday’s practice. It was Wilson’s first practice in a regular jersey.
Defenseman Alexander Alexeyev (upper-body, has missed five straight games) will join the Capitals for their trip.
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who missed seven in a row with an upper-body injury after taking an elbow to the head from right-wing Tyler Toffoli in the second period of Washington’s 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on December 3, will play either in Ottawa or vs. Winnipeg. The 32-year-old backed up Charlie Lindgren on Monday.
The Capitals will have three days after Friday’s game to rest.
By Harrison Brown