Capitals forward Brett Connolly was medically cleared earlier this week after he suffered the first concussion of his career on Oct. 26 in Vancouver, and it appears that Sunday’s contest against Edmonton will mark his official return. “That was kind of the game circled on the calendar for me,” said Connolly, who missed seven games because of the injury. Connolly added that he’s “not sure” if he’ll play against the Oilers, but the expectation is that he will, especially after the team re-assigned forward Liam O’Brien to the American Hockey League. The Capitals’ practice on Saturday afternoon was optional, so there wasn’t any indication of what the lineup could look like with Connolly back. Before he got hurt, Connolly had a goal and an assist in 10 games played, playing primarily on the third line with center Lars Eller, but it seems unlikely he’d immediately bump Tom Wilson or Jakub Vrana from that line with Washington coming off an impressive 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
Capitals forward Brett Connolly is expected to play vs. Oilers
Washington Post | Nov 11