Center Evgeny Kuznetsov was absent from the Washington Capitals‘ practice on Saturday due to illness. He will be a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon’s game against the San Jose Sharks (12:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). The 27-year old is currently riding a four-game point steak where he’s recorded four goals and six points.
Center Lars Eller stepped up in his place on the second-line while forward Travis Boyd drew back in. He took Eller’s normal spot.
Head coach Todd Reirden said that Braden Holtby, who has allowed 13 goals on 61 shots (.786 save percentage) in his past three games, will start in net against the Sharks on Sunday.
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Goaltender Martin Jones will man the crease for the Sharks after Aaron Dell was in net for the team’s game on Saturday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Capitals lines at practice w/o Kuznetsov:
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CAPS TODAY: Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of Alex Ovechkin’s selection as captain for the Washington Capitals. More info on Ovechkin and the Caps at https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/KVxuDkryLP
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Alex Ovechkin met with the media following practice on Saturday and was asked about his 10 years as Captain of the Capitals.
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