The Washington Capitals have recalled Devante Smith-Pelly ahead of their next game against the Carolina Hurricanes. T.J. Oshie “won’t be playing any time soon” according to head coach Todd Reirden after the forward was run into the boards by Carolina’s Warren Foegele last night. Foegele will not receive any disciplinary action from the league for the hit, but the Capitals will still have to find a way forward without one of their leaders up front.
In comes Smith-Pelly, who spent a good chunk of the year in the minor leagues after being waived by the team earlier this year. The 2018 playoff hero had 14 points in 20 games for the Hershey Bears, but will now try to prove that he still belongs on the NHL team. In 48 career playoff games, Smith-Pelly has 13 goals—just one off the highest regular season total of his career.
- It’s not just Oshie that will miss time in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The New York Islanders announced today that Johnny Boychuk will be out for three to four weeks with a lower-body injury. Some of that time will be spent waiting for their next opponent after the Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the playoffs, but losing Boychuk for at least the first part of round two is certainly not ideal. The 35-year old Boychuk was as steady as ever this season for New York, logging nearly 19 minutes a night and contributing 19 points in 74 games.
- Sweden has announced their first 13 players that will be suiting up at the IIHF World Championship next month, and the group includes a legendary international name. Henrik Lundqvist will answer the call once again for his country, joining Jacob Markstrom to form a strong tandem in net. Adam Larsson, Erik Gustafsson, Robert Hagg, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson will attend on defense, while the forward group currently includes Elias Pettersson, Oskar Lindblom, Adrian Kempe, Mario Kempe, Marcus Kruger, Loui Eriksson and Jesper Bratt.