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TJ Oshie, Nic Dowd, and Martin Fehervary all skate without non-contact jerseys, will travel on upcoming road trip

by Staff

The Washington Capitals got on the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for their first post-deadline skate on Saturday. The team is set for action against the Chicago Blackhawks before heading out on a five-game road trip out west.

Joining the rest of their teammates out on the ice were TJ Oshie, Nic Dowd, and Martin Fehervary all in regular, full-contact practice jerseys. Head coach Spencer Carbery said in his post-skate media availability that while all three won’t play against Chicago, they’re all expected to join the team out west.

“This is a positive step for them,” Carbery said. “They’re in regular jerseys today. Getting there, they all will travel on the road trip. I can’t tell you exactly if that will be Winnipeg or whereabouts but they are getting closer and will travel with us.”

Oshie has been out of the lineup since February 22 after suffering a scary, non-contact injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He skated for the first time earlier this week and was thought to still be “week-to-week” with his injury but it appears that timeline has moved up.

Dowd has not played since February 20 after taking a high hit from Timo Meier in a game against the New Jersey Devils. The veteran center survived the deadline despite many rumors floating around the league that he’d be moved on to another team.

Fehervary has been out the longest of all three players, leaving very early in the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on February 17. The Capitals are currently carrying just six defensemen so getting Fehervary back soon will be paramount.

“It is a little bit we’re walking a tightrope right now because [if] someone shows up to the rink sick today we’re potentially playing one short with Hershey in Charlotte right now,” Carbery said. “But we’re fairly confident that we’re right there with those three guys. It’ll insulate us there and we’ve gotta be careful with the recall rule as we’ve had two already. I think we’re in a good spot heading into tomorrow and onto the road.”

After missing out against the Pittsburgh Penguins completely, Darcy Kuemper was on the ice for Saturday morning’s skate and Carbery was confident that the veteran backstop would be back in action as Charlie Lindgren’s backup against the Blackhawks.

“I’m assuming he’ll back up,” Carbery said. “I have not confirmed that so I don’t want to tell you that and something changes. But, all signs point to him backing up tonight.”

The Capitals will play the Blackhawks on Saturday night and then practice at home before heading out to Winnipeg for the first game of their long trip on Monday against the Jets. They’ll then play the Edmonton Oilers, Seattle Kraken, Vancouver Canucks, and Calgary Flames in a span of six days.

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