Kuznetsov Participates In Line Rushes On The Third Line; Boyd Draws Onto The Fourth Line For Leipsic; VGK’s Stephenson Comments On Playing Against His Former Team: News From Capitals’ Practice In Vegas

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The Washington Capitals held a Sunday practice ahead of their tilt against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday (6:00 P.M. ET on NBC Sports Washington locally and on NBCSN nationally). Here is the latest from T-Mobile Arena.


Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has been day-to-day with an upper-body injury since February 10, was on the ice this morning wearing a normal contact jersey. He did not play the Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

Kuznetsov drew onto the third line and took normal line rushes. Center Lars Eller remained in Kuznetsov’s regular spot on the second line.

Forward Brendan Leipsic was the extra skater as Travis Boyd took the fourth left-wing spot.

Although he is progressing, Kuznetsov will be out of the lineup and miss his third-straight game, according to Head Coach Todd Reirden.

Goaltender Braden Holtby will be in net for Washington tomorrow night. Reirden has liked the way he has played the last few games.

It’s a special feeling returning to the arena where the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup Championship on June 7, 2018. Center Nicklas Backstrom recounted playing in Vegas and the champagne-filled celebration following the victory.

Reirden’s post-practice comments:

Golden Knights

Forward Chandler Stephenson will be clashing against his former team for the first time since being traded on December 2. Two Capitals fans attended the Golden Knights’ practice this morning in hopes of getting their Stephenson Stanley Cup jersey signed by the former Washington player. He did see their sign and smiled as he skated by.

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