TJ Oshie returns to the Capitals lineup after missing 11 games

The Washington Capitals will return to the ice at Capital One Arena for the first time in four days as the Philadelphia Flyers are in town for the Metropolitan game.

TJ O’Shea He will regain his place in the team’s top six strikers after missing the past eleven matches due to a lower body injury sustained in late October.

Oshie’s addition to the lineup was made possible by the return of Connor McMichael to the AHL. The Caps sent their young prospect to the Hershey Bears last Sunday, opening up a spot on their 23-man NHL roster.

Team Lines, featuring Oshii, Transferred by Tariq Al-Bashir, Athletic player.

Oshie will skate the Capitals’ second line with Sonny Milano and Evgeny Kuznetsov while Dylan Strome will center the first line between Alex Ovechkin and Conor Sheary to complete the top six.

The 35-year-old O’Shea veteran has played in just nine games this season, recording five points (2g, 3a). He is coming off an injury-prone 2021-22 season as he missed 38 games due to a lower body injury (foot fracture), upper body injury (back), COVID illness, and non-COVID illness. He also underwent heart surgery during the offseason.

Coming out of the front group as an expected healthy scratch would be wire pick Nicholas Opp-Koppel. NAK has been in four games with the Caps since arriving from the Toronto Maple Leafs as a much-needed depth option. He will be joined by defender Dmitry Orlov, who skated Wednesday morning but didn’t lunge at the line, marking the eighth consecutive game the Russian has missed.

Darcy Comber, According to Samantha Bell of The Washington Post, will start his second straight game after losing to his former teammates from Colorado 4-0 last Saturday. After a very strong October, Kuemper struggled in November to a 1-6 record, a 3.39 goals against average, and a 0.88 save percentage.

The Caps would go after a four-game losing streak against the Flyers, who had lost a seven-game losing streak in their own right. Philly is currently ranked one above Washington in the Metros standings with less than one game played.

Banner photo: Alan Dobbins / RMNB

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