Lars Eller Returns To Practice: News From Thursday’s Capitals Practice

Following a much-deserved day off on Wednesday, the Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex Thursday morning to begin preparations for the New York Rangers. 

The Capitals and Rangers play their first game of a back-to-back set Friday night at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM. Here’s the latest from “Club Med”:

Lars Eller returned to practice with the team this morning. Eller left in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Flyers with a right leg injury.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said in his post-practice media availability that he thought Eller looked o.k., but he wasn’t sure of his status for the game tomorrow against the Rangers.

The lines at practice remained the same. Tom Wilson has one more game to serve in his seven-game suspension and should be able to return to the lineup on Saturday.

Happy 44th birthday to Zdeno Chara.

Eller said in a post-practice media session this afternoon that he is ok, but not ready to commit to playing tomorrow night. He said he will know more tomorrow morning.


Here are the latest save percentages (Sv%) and goals against averages (GAA) for all East goaltenders with a minimum of five starts.


Daniel Sprong

Lars Eller

Peter Laviolette 


  • The Capitals are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games and have won six straight.
  • Washington Capitals forward Daniel Sprong is entering tomorrow’s game with the New York Rangers tied for sixth on the teams with six goals in 18 games.
  • Sprong’s 2.07 goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play this season leads the Capitals and ranks first in the NHL among players with at least five games played. Sprong has scored three goals in his last five games.
  • The Amsterdam, Netherlands, native, was selected 46th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015 andranks third among players from his draft class with at least 100 career games in goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play (1.07).
  • The Capitals acquired Sprong, 24, from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Christian Djoos on Feb. 25, 2020.

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 Returns To Practice: News From Thursday’s Capitals Practice

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good to get Lars back. Hopefully he can play on Friday. One more game and then Rommy returns on Saturday.

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