Capitals’ center Lars Eller was a participant in the team’s morning skate this morning at TD Garden in Boston. Eller left with a lower body injury in Game 2 on Monday and did not return.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov and Capitals top prospect Connor McMichael also participated in morning skate. Forward T.J. Oshie and goaltender Vitek Vanecek did not participate in morning skate.
Sorry guys: Lars Eller, Ilya Samsonov, Evgeny Kuznetsov are all on the ice for Capitals morning skate ahead of Boston. Connor McMichael as well.
Vitek Vanecek is NOT on the ice
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 19, 2021
Eller’s status for tonight’s Game 3 is still uncertain. T.J. Oshie did not participate in morning skate. His status for tonight’s game is also unknown at this point.
Laviolette did not provide a specific status update regarding tonight’s game for Lars Eller, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov and TJ Oshie. “We’ve got some decisions to make, lineup decisions, that we’ll work through here.” #ALLCAPS
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) May 19, 2021
Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette originally said on Tuesday that the Hershey call ups that were made on Tuesday would not be making the trip to Boston, however, it’s obvious those plans changed.
Eller left Game 2 midway through the second period and did not return.
INJURY UPDATE #Caps Lars Eller is doubtful to return to tonight’s game (lower body)
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) May 18, 2021
Eller’s last shift of the game lasted just 11 seconds, and while it is unclear what the ailment might be, it appears as though Eller twisted his leg on a shot on net at the 9:26 mark of the second.
The Capitals and Bruins square-off in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series tonight at TD Garden in Boston. Puck drop is set for 6:30 PM.
By Jon Sorensen