Capitals’ Sprong, Vanecek, Schultz, Jensen, Cholowski Activated Off Of COVID-19 Protocol

According to Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette, right-wing Daniel Sprong, defenseman Nick Jensen, goaltender Vitek Vanecek, defenseman Justin Schultz, and defenseman Dennis Cholowski were all activated off of the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and some of them will be available for Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena (3 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market).

Captain Alex Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and defenseman John Carlson all took maintenance days on Saturday but all are expected to suit up vs. the Devils. Laviolette told the media they were taking maintenance days because of the heavy minutes they have played lately.

Defenseman Martin Fehervary (COVID-19 protocol) and center Lars Eller, who did not play in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday due to a non COVID-19-related illness, did not participate in the team’s practice. Defenseman Matt Irwin was also absent on Saturday due to personal reasons.

On Ovechkin breaking the NHL power-play goals record in the team’s game on Friday, center Nicklas Backstrom said “It’s amazing. He’s great. First of all, no one likes to score goals more than him. When he does these milestones – almost every night now – it’s just amazing to be part of it.” When asked if he got a photo with the Great Eight after Friday’s game, the 34-year-old responded “I didn’t. I regretted it this morning.”

Capitals’ Lines vs. Devils

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* Montreal Canadiens C Jake Evans and D Alexander Romanov were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list

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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