Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov Added To NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol Lis

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According to Samantha Pell of the Washington Post, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old was scratched for the team’s 5-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday due to disciplinary reasons.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who was also scratched on Monday for disciplinary reasons, is not on the COVID-19 protocol list, but because he is technically on the team’s taxi squad right now, it may not require reporting.

Both were placed on the list in January for nearly a month. Samsonov tested positive for COVID-19 while Kuznetsov, who has recorded nine goals, 29 points, and a +7 rating in 41 games this season, was feeling symptoms but it is unclear if he tested positive in January.

Per the NHL’s press release, the reason a player is listed as “unavailable” due to COVID protocols includes: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons.

The Capitals, who are currently tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the East Division with a game in hand, visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden again on Wednesday (7 PM ET, NBCSN nationally, NBC Sports Washington locally).

By Harrison Brown

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4 Responses to Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov Added To NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol Lis

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Or is this a “Clever” way to have him be punished but not lose money? Would love if NHLPA would push to have medical tests made public to prove that players actually are ill & not just clever way to move out of lineup without exposeing on waivers,etc.!

  2. Kimber says:

    The Caps won 6-3 😊
    6 came from Tom Wilson on the empty net

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