Pregame Pals Are Back! T.J. Oshie & Tom Wilson’s Famous Capitals Warmup Routine Returns

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After 42 games into the 2022-23 campaign, the Washington Capitals will have right-wing Tom Wilson and center Nicklas Backstrom make their season debuts Sunday evening against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena. The famous pregame ritual with Wilson and fellow right-winger T.J. Oshie returned for the first time this season and did not disappoint.

The butt taps reoccurred during pregame skate ahead of their tilt against the Blue Jackets.

The entertaining duo of Wilson and Oshie marked the first time they were on the ice together since May 3, when Wilson left with an injury in Game 1 of the Capitals’ first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Florida Panthers after 91 seconds.

In mid-December, Wilson attended his first practice with the team after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 25. He told the media on January 4 that his “expectation is that I have to be where I was before.”

“I want to be the player I was before, so this whole process, I’ve had that in mind and that’s been my goal…maybe I could have been back possibly a month ago, but I wouldn’t have been the player I wanted to be. I wouldn’t have been the player I was last year, so this whole process has been designed with our support team and our medical staff and surgeon and everything to make sure that when I’m back, I’m the player I want to be and, I mean, obviously, it’s going to be a couple games to get my feet under me, but just come back and do whatever I can to chip in and help the team keep moving forward and push towards the playoffs.”

In his first game back, Wilson will draw onto the second line in Sunday’s game.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Pregame Pals Are Back! T.J. Oshie & Tom Wilson’s Famous Capitals Warmup Routine Returns

  1. Anonymous says:

    Balance = Restored

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