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Capitals’ T.J. Oshie Ready To Return

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Washington Capitals winger T.J Oshie is ready to return to the ice from a concussion suffered from a hit to the head from San Jose’s Joe Thornton back on December 6th.

“I knew I wasn’t right,” Oshie said Monday (h/t ESPN). “You always want to get back earlier, but when you’re dealing with the head I think it’s better safe than sorry.”

Oshie missed 6 games and is expected to rejoin the lineup Tuesday night in Dallas.

“I’m pretty optimistic that I can go here, but we’ll go through all the right steps before we make it official,” Oshie said, referring to one final conversation with trainers. “I think you always want to get back earlier as a player and we’ve got a good staff and good docs that hold you back until you’re ready.”

Washington is happy to have him back on the ice.

“T.J.’s a real good player for us, he’s a big part of what we do and if he’s healthy and ready to go, I have no problem putting him in the lineup.” Caps’ coach Barry Trotz said.

“He’s been a terrific player for us since he’s been here.”

Oshie is in the first season of a $46 million, eight-year contract.

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Penguins Keeping Faith in Matt Murray

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The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to support goalie Matt Murray despite his struggles this season, leading the team to temporarily usurp him for Casey DeSmith.

Despite the downward fall, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan believes that the time off the ice will help him focus on work with goaltending coach Mike Buckley, and the team is maintaining both their faith and their confidence that Murray can return to form.

“I think Matt’s mental toughness and the experiences that he’s gone through, he can certainly draw on and help him get to where we all know he’s capable of being,” Sullivan said (h/t NHL.com). “Right now, he’s got an opportunity to spend some time with [Buckley] and work on some of the aspects of his game that we think can help him improve. He can build his confidence.

“This by no means diminishes our faith and our trust in Matt Murray. We know he’s a real good goalie. He’s an accomplished goalie.”

DeSmith understands his role, as backup.

“That’s my job. Just to show up when I get the chance,” DeSmith said. “I think so far, I’ve given the team a chance to win when I’ve played. I take pride in that.”

Murray is 4-4-1 with a 3.87 GAA, .886 save percentage and one shutout in nine starts for Pittsburgh this season.

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Devils Place Brian Boyle on IR

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The New Jersey Devils have placed center Brian Boyle on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, according to an official team announcement.

During Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Boyle was on the receiving end of a devastating hit from Dustin Byfuglien, which you can see below.

In a corresponding move, the Devils have recalled Pavel Zacha from the AHL.

 

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Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Rejoins Team, Jakub Zboril Recalled

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The Boston Bruins will see the return of netminder Tuukka Rask, who took a few days away from the team for a personal leave.

In corresponding moves, Dan Vlader is on his way back to the Providence Bruins while Jakub Zboril will be recalled. Additionally, the team officially announced that both Jeremy Lauzon and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson will stay on regular recall.

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