News and Notes from Tuesday’s Capitals Practice: Latest Update on Evgeny Kuznetsov

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The Washington Capitals took the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday morning to prepare for a big five game stretch ahead of them. Coming off the All Star break, the Caps look to remain in front of the pack in the Metropolitan Division. During the third period of the Capitals final game before the break last Thursday against the Florida Panthers, Evgeny Kuznetsov left the game with a groin injury. After a breather for the whole team for four days, the big question was whether or not Kuznetsov would be healed in time for the second half of the season. 
KUZNETSOV’S INJURY THURSDAY NIGHT

EVGENY KUZNETSOV UPDATE
Evgeny Kuznetsov was not only the first Capitals player on the ice, but he was also sporting the traditional red practice jersey that the top six forwards wear. He was a full go at practice.

Kuznetsov looked like his normal self during this individual passing drill around the cones.

It’s all good.. @kuzy092 is on the ice at #Caps practice today.. Skating strong!

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When the team-centric practice drills began, Kuznetsov was back in his usual spot on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson. Kuznetsov told reporters after practice that he’s good to go for Wednesday night.

Barry Trotz would later confirm that he’s good to go.

PRACTICE LINES

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NEWS
The Capitals had a productive practice. One special drill they had was using a ramp in front of their net to work on their puck placement on deflected shots.

Chandler Stephenson was the extra forward, sporing a red jersey and rotating on the top line with Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson. The team also held a scrimmage to get them ready for the grind ahead.

CAPS TODAY

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Goalie Brian Elliott won’t play on Wednesday night against the Capitals, as he’s still recovering from a lower-body injury. The Flyers recalled Alex Lyon from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL.

With this roster move, it means that the Flyers will likely go with former-Capital Michael Neuvirth in Wednesday’s game.

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THE WEEK AHEAD

INTERVIEWS
John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Matt Niskanen on Alex Ovechkin winning the hardest shot competition in the All Star Superskills Competition

SHAVINGS

  • Since Barry Trotz assumed the head coaching position in the 2014-15 season, the Capitals have held first place during the All-Star break in the Metropolitan Division in all four seasons.
  • Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 30 goals. That marks the first time that Ovechkin has led the NHL in goals at the All-Star break in the last four seasons.
  • The Capitals lead the second place Columbus Blue Jackets by six points, two points more than they led them at this time following the All-Star break last year.

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By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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