Michal Kempny, T.J. Oshie Skate Ahead Of Capitals’ Game 1 vs. Bruins

Defenseman Michal Kempny, who has not played this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon on October 6, and forward T.J. Oshie, who missed the Washington Capitals‘ last two regular-season games with a lower-body injury, are still day-to-day.

The team said that Oshie is still out and has yet to be cleared. Kempny wore a no-contact jersey after colliding with a shoveler during his conditioning stint with the AHL’s Hershey Bears this past Saturday. The Capitals open their best-of-seven first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on Saturday (7:15 PM ET, NBC).

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov and center Evgeny Kuznetsov remained in COVID-19 protocol for the 11th consecutive day. Neither has played since May 1.

Goaltender Vitek Vanecek left the Capitals’ practice early on Friday with Pheonix Copley and Craig Anderson to work with goalie coach Scott Murray on conditioning. Head coach Peter Laviolette announced on Thursday that he will keep the starting goalie private throughout the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis discussed the future of captain Alex Ovechkin, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 28.

Here is the list of players that showed up for Friday’s optional practice for the Capitals:

Here were the Bruins’ line combinations for Friday’s practice:

By Harrison Brown

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1 Response to Michal Kempny, T.J. Oshie Skate Ahead Of Capitals’ Game 1 vs. Bruins

  1. Anonymous says:

    I guess we are going to go all postseason without Kuznetsov and Samsonov. That’s a tall order.

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