Peter Laviolette addresses TJ Oshie’s injury after Capitals morning skate
Head coach of the Washington Capitals Peter Laviolette spoke to the media after the team’s morning skate concluded in Raleigh. Laviolette was asked about the team’s growing list of injured players that now includes TJ Oshie and John Carlson.
Carlson is day-to-day and will miss Monday night’s game with at least a lower-body injury. Oshie he is out indefinitely after limping while skating against the Nashville Predators. Oshie left the team after the Nashville game and returned to DC.
“[TJ] it’s being looked at by the medical staff right now and I think we’ll have, once we get home, a better answer to that like maybe a time frame or what we’re thinking,” Laviolette said.
Oshie is coming off a 2021-22 season where he missed 38 games, mostly due to a broken foot and a back injury suffered while trying to return too soon. Oshie also underwent core surgery in the offseason that kept him off the ice for the first day of training camp.
In the early years of his Chiefs tenure, Oshie also had to recover from shoulder injuries, a broken collarbone and concussions.
“It’s tough,” Laviolette said. “He’s definitely been through that at least in my time here. He’s been through it with some injuries. Sometimes it weighs on you mentally as well. Then the physical part of rehabbing and getting back in the lineup. There’s a lot that goes with that. He’s a pretty positive person by nature. He’ll work hard to come back.”
Connor McMichael will replace Oshie in the lineup and enter his second game of the season. McMichael will initially start on the second line and get TJ’s minutes there.
“He’s excited to play,” Laviolette said. “When you come into camp you want to be a starter and be a regular, and it hasn’t worked out that way for Mikey at this point. So this is an incredible opportunity for him. So you have to look at it that way.”
Carlson will be replaced in the first pairing by Trevor van Riemsdyk and Matt Irwin, the team’s seventh defenseman, will enter the lineup for the first time this season.
“Matty Irwin is very excited to play tonight’s game,” Laviolette said. “He’s been a soldier on this team. The guys love him. He’s going to come in and give us a big game.”
As for whether Laviolette gave the Capitals a long pep talk after seeing two more members of his leadership group go down, he didn’t.
“We haven’t even talked about it,” Laviolette said. “It’s a business. We like the lineup we have tonight. We have to come out and play hard. We know we are playing against a very good team. The games we had against [the Hurricanes] last year: they are fast, physical and competitive. So we have to be ready to play. It’s not something we really talk about. It’s just this understanding, two guys pull out, two guys go in. These guys are part of our team and I’m sure they’re excited to play and get going.”
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