The big news out of the Kettler Center today is that T.J. Oshie skated for about 30 minutes by himself today at practice. This was his first time back on the ice since suffering an upper body injury after being hit by Joe Thornton during Monday’s game against the Sharks.
Nonetheless, he remains day-to-day and won’t be traveling up to Brooklyn with the team for the Capitals’ game against the New York Islanders tomorrow night. It’s also unlikely that he’ll play against Avalanche since the team doesn’t have any practices between today and Tuesday night’s game.
Despite the fact that Oshie will be out for at least a couple more games, the Capitals probably won’t be calling anybody up from Hershey for a couple reasons. Firstly, they don’t have salary cap room since the league minimum is more than the $360,000 they have left. Secondly, they wouldn’t put Oshie on the long term injury reserve list because he’s already back to practice and is unlikely to miss at least 10 games.