Capitals’ Goaltending Coach Scott Murray Placed On COVID-19 Protocol; Assistant Kevin McCarthy Misses Thursday’s Practice

According to the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell, goaltending coach Scott Murray missed the Washington Capitals’ practice on Thursday due to COVID-19 protocol. Assistant coach Kevin McCarthy was also not present but not because of COVID-19.

The Capitals have three players (C Nic Dowd, D Trevor Van Riemsdyk, RW Garnet Hathaway) who are currently in COVID-19 protocol and left-wing Carl Hagelin missed Thursday’s practice with a non COVID-19-related illness.

The Capitals’ .9266 five-on-five save percentage this season ranks 12th in the NHL.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov is 11-1-1 (tied for seventh in wins) with a .916 save percentage (25th), 2.42 goals-against average (tied for 17th), and three shutouts (tied for second) this season. Vitek Vanecek is 4-3-5 with a .905 save percentage (tied for 24th) and 2.56 goals-against average (24th).

McCarthy helps run the Capitals’ defense, which ranks fourth with a 2.46 goals-against per game average and third with an average of 28.1 shots-against per game this season.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov also left practice early due to a lower-body injury.

The Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 PM ET, ESPN+) and visit the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday before they have another three days off in their schedule.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Capitals’ Goaltending Coach Scott Murray Placed On COVID-19 Protocol; Assistant Kevin McCarthy Misses Thursday’s Practice

  1. DC Scappeli says:

    wow, not good to have a break out spreading thru the team. I hope this is the last of it.

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