The Washington Capitals will be without top-six forwards TJ Oshie (upper body) and Jakub Vrana (COVID-19 Unavailability List) against the Flyers on Sunday.
With the two players out, the Capitals made several roster moves. Michael Sgarbossa, who had been playing well, was dumped to the taxi squad while Daniel Carr and Philippe Maillet were added to the Capitals roster.
According to the Capitals PR, Maillet will make his NHL debut against the Flyers.
#Caps assign forward Michael Sgarbossa from NHL roster to Taxi Squad. Caps recall forwards Daniel Carr and Philippe Maillet from Taxi Squad to NHL roster.
Maillet is scheduled to make his NHL debut today vs. PHI
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) February 7, 2021
“Vrana is not available, Oshie is not available, and I believe Lars will play,” Peter Laviolette said during his early morning press conference.
Lavy was asked if the Capitals would play with 11 forwards and seven defensemen again. He had few answers.
“We are working through that in the locker room right now,” Laviolette said. “At some point, we’ll have to submit a lineup and we’re working through the best possible scenario right now.”
For those keeping track at home:
-Schultz 4th game out (inj)
-Kuznetsov, Samsonov 8th game out (covid list)
-Oshie 1st game out (inj)
-Vrana 1st game out (covid list)
-Eller's 1st game back after missing 4 (inj)
-Sheary 1st game back after missing 1 (inj)
-Maillet NHL debut
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) February 7, 2021
Maillet, 28, had 44 points (17g, 24a) in 61 games last season for the Hershey Bears. The previous two years he played for the Ontario Reign.
Pete can you come play today? https://t.co/0C0TJmAp20
— RM Cooper (@RFCapsMoustache) February 7, 2021
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