Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie was placed on injured reserve Wednesday for the second time this season.

Oshie’s latest ailment is a lower-body injury suffered late in Saturday’s 4-0 win at San Jose. The 34-year-old sat out Sunday’s 5-2 loss at Seattle and also must miss games Wednesday and Friday but is eligible to come off IR in time for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

Oshie has played only eight games this season and has four goals and three assists. Before his appearance Saturday, he missed 10 games with a different lower-body injury suffered when he blocked a shot with his right foot Oct. 27 against Detroit. Coach Peter Laviolette did not have a timetable for Oshie’s return.

Oshie isn’t Washington’s only absence for Wednesday’s game against visiting Montreal.

Forward Conor Sheary is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He was on the ice with the team Wednesday but left before the morning skate began. He was ruled out of Sunday’s loss after taking part in warmups. His absence forced Washington to play with 11 forwards and seven defensemen instead of the typical 12 and six.

Center Lars Eller is still in the NHL’s coronavirus protocols. He entered them Nov. 16 when the Capitals were in Anaheim, Calif. The team expects Eller to return to Washington in the next few days. To exit the protocols, he needs to be on the list for 10 days and produce two consecutive negative tests.

Center Nicklas Backstrom is taking small steps back from his hip injury. He remains on long-term injured reserve but skated with the team for the first time Wednesday morning, wearing a noncontact jersey. Laviolette said there is no timetable for his return.

“This is another step,” the coach added. “It’s really good to have him out there, just to see him on the ice. It’s a little bit different when somebody’s out for a week and they come back in a blue jersey and they’re working their way back in. So he’s still got work to do. We’re still going to work in the best interest of Nick, but certainly the fact that he joined us in a skate is a real positive for everybody. Really good.”

The Capitals’ many absences caused the team to make several roster moves. Washington sent Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to the Hershey Bears, its American Hockey League affiliate, on Tuesday. He had played in eight NHL games, recording one assist. If he had played in 10, the rookie winger would have needed to clear waivers again.

On Wednesday, the Capitals recalled forwards Beck Malenstyn and Michael Sgarbossa from Hershey. Both were slated to be in Wednesday’s lineup because Washington does not have any other healthy forwards.