Lars Eller Will Not Be Available For Game 1 Against Islanders

The Washington Capitals held one final practice on Tuesday in preparation for Game 1 of their first round series against the New York Islanders. Puck drop is set for Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden met with the media following Tuesday’s practice. He confirmed Lars Eller would not be available for Game 1.

Eller left the bubble in Toronto last Wednesday for the birth of his second child, which happened on August 8. He subsequently returned to Toronto and began quarantine later that day.

Per NHL rules, any player that exits the bubble must quarantine for four days and pass four consecutive COVID-19 tests, administered once every 24 hours, prior to returning to the ice.

Eller will likely make the four-day quarantine requirement prior to game time, but since he has not skated or participated in team meetings for a full week, Reirden felt it was best to have him sit out Game 1.

Reirden mentioned that the Capitals hope to have Eller in the lineup for Game 2 on Friday. He should be done quarantining by then and have time to get a practice under his belt.

In other player news, John Carlson will be a game-time decision for Game 1, per Reirden.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Lars Eller Will Not Be Available For Game 1 Against Islanders

  1. Anonymous says:

    Props to Eller. He certainly didn’t expect to be playing playoff hockey. Also, he hustled back to the bubble and did his best to make game 1.

  2. Mark Eiben says:

    They will be fine with Boyd in there but hopefully he is ready to go by Game 2. Who doesn’t love Eller?

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