TJ Oshie leaves preseason game with upper body injury

Washington Capitals’ TJ Oshie left Wednesday’s preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings with an upper body injury.

The 35-year-old forward appeared to suffer the injury during the second period, when he was awkwardly hit against the tape in the shoulder first by Red Wings’ Joe Veleno. While Oshie initially returned to the team bench rather than leaving the game immediately after the hit, he was quick to head to the locker room with a coach.

Drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in 2005, Oshie is entering his 15th NHL season, having played 900 career games. The 2021-22 season saw him appear in 44 games, tallying 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in the regular season, and seven extra points in six games during the playoffs. A 2018 Stanley Cup winner with Washington, the upcoming season marks Oshie’s eighth with the team.

The Capitals kept their update on Oshie short, but revealed he will not be returning and will be re-evaluated by the team tomorrow. Going into Wednesday’s game, the team is 2-1-1 this preseason. After the Capitals game against the Red Wings, the team has one more preseason game on Saturday.

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Washington’s season opener/home game is scheduled for Oct. 12 against the Boston Bruins.

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