“Just a flu bug, I think,” Trotz said.
The forward lines in practice had Justin Williams as the first-line right wing with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Marcus Johansson moved back to the wing on the second line, which put Jay Beagle at third-line center. Stanislav Galiev was the forward added to the lineup, on the fourth line with Mike Richards and Daniel Winnik.
Oshie hasn’t missed a game this season, and he’s hit his career-high in goals (23) to go with 22 assists. He typically plays on the first power-play unit, and Williams took his place there in practice.
While Oshie will likely miss the game, Trotz said defenseman John Carlson is traveling with the team and looks game-ready, so he could be in the lineup against the Devils after missing 13 games following a procedure for a lingering lower-body injury.
Here’s what the lines looked like on Thursday:
Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera-Jay Beagle-Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik-Mike Richards-Stanislav Galiev
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik-Dmitry Orlov
Nate Schmidt-John Carlson
Mike Weber-Taylor Chorney