TJ Oshie returned to practice on Friday morning. He had missed Thursday morning’s skate and was held out of the line-up for the match-up against the Caroline Hurricanes due to illness.
The Capitals face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, so the return of their second-highest goal-scorer (tied with Jakub Vrana with 23 goals) is especially welcome.
“It’ll be important for us to try and get a win tomorrow night and try to take whatever mental edge or peace we can,” Oshie said after practice. “Knowing if we accomplish what we want to that there’s a good chance we’re going to have to go through these guys.”
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Oshie’s absence had moved Andre Burakovsky to the second line on Thursday and Tom Wilson to the first power-play unit.
The Capitals lost the first two of their three matches against the Lightning during the regular season, putting more pressure on Saturday’s outcome.
“You know, we haven’t found a way to beat them yet,” Oshie said after practice. “And they’ve been two pretty exciting games to play in, really. Two games where you wish it was already a series and you could play each other two nights later.”
If the Capitals progress far enough in the playoffs, a series against the Lightning might be in the Capitals’ future.
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