Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to be in Washington's lineup tonight against the New York Rangers, his first game since he broke his left thumb in late October. Burakovsky had surgery and has missed the past 20 games. "That's the word on the street," Burakovsky said. "Talked to [coach Barry Trotz], and I'm cleared to go." To activate Burakovsky off long-term injured reserve, the Capitals cleared cap and roster space by re-assigning forward Travis Boyd to the American Hockey League and then placing forward Tyler Graovac on waivers with the intent of sending him down to the AHL, if he clears. Washington waived forward Nathan Walker last week, and he was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers. In his first season with the Capitals, Graovac played just five games, never recording a point, though he missed some time with a shoulder injury. Forward T.J. Oshie is considered "day-to-day" with an undisclosed upper-body injury, missing Wednesday's game. He didn't practice on Thursday, so he isn't expected to play tonight, meaning the Capitals will be without an extra healthy forward. Alex Chiasson will continue playing in Oshie's spot on the right wing of second-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky will make his return on the third line with center Lars Eller and Brett Connolly. That trio had success last season, until Burakovsky injured his right hand and missed 15 games.