Capitals’ Wilson Wears Regular Jersey During Practice; Backstrom And Kuznetsov Return

After defensemen Nick Jensen, Martin Fehervary, Dennis Cholowski, and goaltender Vitek Vanecek were placed in COVID-19 protocol along with right-wing Daniel Sprong and defenseman Justin Schultz, Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette iced a different lineup during Monday’s practice. Defenseman Michal Kempny and goaltender Pheonix Copley were recalled to the active roster while defenseman Lucas Johansen and Alex Alexeyev in addition to right-wing Brett Leason were all assigned to the taxi squad.

Right-wing Tom Wilson also practiced in a regular jersey after missing the Capitals’ final four games before the NHL holiday pause with a lower-body injury.

Centers Evgeny Kuznetsov (missed three games) and Nicklas Backstrom (two) also returned from COVID-19 protocol. However, right-wing T.J. Oshie, who sat out of the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on December 19, did not and none of them have been activated yet.

NHL News

* Chicago Blackhawks G Marc-Andre Fleury did not practice on Monday (COVID-19 Protocol)

* Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan has been removed from COVID-19 Protocol

* Pittsburgh Penguins C Teddy Blueger, G Tristan Jarry, D John Marino, D Mike Matheson, C Evan Rodrigues, and C Dominik Simon were all placed on COVID-19 protocol

* Philadelphia Flyers Cs Scott Laughton and Derick Brassard in addition to G Carter Hart placed on COVID-19 protocol

* Montreal Canadiens G Jake Allen in addition to D Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry, and Chris Wideman were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list

* Ottawa Senators G Anton Forsberg placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

* Tampa Bay Lightning C Anthony Cirelli and D Andrej Sustr have been added to the COVID-19 protocol list

* Penguins C Evgeni Malkin (underwent knee surgery in September) participated in practice wearing a regular jersey for the first time

* Dallas Stars placed C Roope Hintz and D Esa Lindell into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

* Columbus Blue Jackets RW Oliver Bjorkstrand placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

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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