The Washington Capitals got a sight for sore eyes on Wednesday morning as star center Nicklas Backstrom skated with his teammates for the first time this season as he continues to rehab his hip.
Backstrom was on the ice in a non-contact jersey for the team’s morning skate before they play the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena.
The good news wouldn’t last forever though as the team announced only minutes later that TJ Oshie was going back on injured reserve.
Oshie has missed eleven games this season with two separate foot injuries. This will be his second trip to the injured reserve.
Oshie would be eligible to play Sunday for the matinee game in Carolina.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) November 24, 2021
Backstrom has yet to play in a game this season for the Capitals.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) November 24, 2021
🔙y with the boys pic.twitter.com/26V3kRQFfG
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 24, 2021
The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell also reported that Conor Sheary, who the Caps consider day-to-day with an upper-body injury, was on the ice before the morning skate but left before the official skate began.
Lars Eller is also still missing due to being in COVID-19 protocols.
Headline photo: Elizabeth Kong/RMNB
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