Oshie (upper body) will not travel to Nashvile for Saturday's game against the Predators, NHL.com reports.
While this news effectively rules Oshie out for the next contest, the sniper could end up returning to action Tuesday for an away game against the Rangers -- of course, it all depends on how he feels in the coming days. Remarkably, Oshie is converting on 22.9 percent of his shot attempts, which leads the league and is absolutely absurd given the volume -- he's lit the lamp 24 times on 105 attempts through 50 games.
While there's no immediately known cause for Oshie's ailment, El-Bashir notes that the winger took multiple big hits against the Flyers on Wednesday, so it could just be the end result of lots of wear and tear. For the time being, Brett Connolly has assumed top-line duties and Justin Williams could also see an expanded role during Oshie's absence.
Oshie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won't play Friday against the Oilers.
Oshie's owners will hope his absence is limited to a single game, as he's been on a roll lately, notching eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games. The severity of the American winger's ailment remains unclear, but more information regarding his availability for Saturday evening's game against the Predators should be released ahead of puck drop. With Oshie unavailable Friday, the recently recalled Riley Barber will make his NHL debut against Edmonton.
The specific nature of Oshie's ailment remains unclear, but he'll be dearly missed, as he's been red-hot lately, racking up eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games. More information regarding the American winger's status should be released ahead of Saturday's matchup with Nashville.
The veteran winger has turned into an offensive star with 14 goals, 28 points, 45 shots and a plus-14 rating through his past 23 games. It'll be incredible difficult to maintain his 31.1 shooting percentage during the stretch, but there is plenty of room for negative regression before it'll impact his fantasy value. Oshie has proven to be a perfect fit alongside Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in all situations, and fantasy owners are reaping the benefits.