Lars Eller Returns To Practice Following Quarantine: “It Wasn’t Particularly Fun Sitting In Your Room For Four Days.”

The Washington Capitals were back to work Thursday morning at the Ford Performance Center in Toronto following their 4-2 loss in Game 1 to the New York Islanders. Lars Eller rejoined the team following his mandatory quarantine after returning to the bubble this weekend following the birth of his second child.

Eller missed Game 1 due to quarantine requirements after leaving the bubble. Per ‘Return to Play’ protocols, players that leave and then re-enter the bubble must quarantine for a minimum of four days and pass four consecutive tests for COVID-19.

Eller did charter back and forth from Toronto to Washington. He only came in contact with his close family back home.

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Eller was technically allowed to rejoin the team Wednesday morning, however, he was held out of Game 1 since he had not practiced or participated in team meetings for a full week.

Eller established a new career high in the 2019-20 regular season with 39 points (16g, 23a) and recorded a 51.89 face-off percentage, his highest since joining the Capitals in 2016-17. Eller led the Capitals this season with a 55.8 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (908 shot attempts for, 717 against), which was not only a personal career high for Eller, it was the third-highest percentage by a Capital since the NHL began recording the data in 2009-10. Additionally, it was the sixth-highest percentage by a forward with at least 69 games this season.

Todd Reirden said that Eller is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 2 which is set for Friday night at 8:00 pm ET.

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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