Barry Trotz Says Evgeny Kuznetsov is “Day-to-Day”, Brooks Orpik is “Fine”

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As the Washington Capitals traveled home from Las Vegas off the heels of a 3-2 Game 2 win, one question on everybody’s mind was the status of center Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov left Wednesday night’s game in the first period after a hit along the boards by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb.

As Kuznetsov was leaving the ice, he was clutching his left arm/hand/wrist. Kuznetsov didn’t return to the game.

Thursday evening, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz held a conference call with reporters from the team plane and was asked if he had an update on Kuznetsov.

“Nope,” Trotz said. “Day-to-day. We’re just on the plane. No I don’t have any update for you. Maybe tomorrow.”

Game 3 isn’t until Saturday night but the Capitals will return to the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday morning for an optional skate. Trotz was then asked if he expected Kuznetsov to be on the ice Friday.

“I don’t know. Can’t answer that,” said Trotz.

Trotz was then asked about Brooks Orpik, who took a slash late in the game from Erik Haula.

“He’s fine,” Trotz said.

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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7 Responses to Barry Trotz Says Evgeny Kuznetsov is “Day-to-Day”, Brooks Orpik is “Fine”

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I suspect he is done。。。 Come on LARS


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  4. Of course he’s done–just our dumb luck…but I have a feeling we’ll win anyway…


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