Fehervary Returns To Capitals’ Practice; McMichael Absent; Samsonov, Orlov Leave Early With Injuries

Defenseman Martin Fehervary, who was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on December 24, returned to the Washington Capitals‘ practice on Tuesday. With the 21-year-old out of protocol, no Capitals players are currently out due to reasons related to COVID-19.

However, there appears to be another illness spreading in the locker room as center Connor McMichael missed practice with a non-COVID-19-related illness. In addition, center Nicklas Backstrom and right-wing T.J. Oshie did not return after missing Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils for the same reasons. They were not feeling well enough, according to head coach Peter Laviolette.

The Capitals do not play until Friday when they visit the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center (8 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally).

Defenseman Dmitry Orlov left practice early due to an undisclosed injury. Michal Kempny skated in his place.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov left the ice at the end of practice and looked like he was in discomfort while talking to the trainer on the bench. Laviolette told the media afterwards that he did not know what happened and had not spoken with the trainers regarding Samsonov or Orlov.

NHL News

  • Columbus Blue Jackets placed D Zach Werenski into COVID-19 protocol
  • Buffalo Sabres placed C Peyton Krebs, RW Alex Tuch, LW Anders Bjork into COVID-19 protocol
  • New Jersey Devils D Dougie Hamilton is being further evaluated and will be unavailable for Tuesday’s game at Boston Bruins with a jaw injury sustained in Sunday’s game
  • San Jose Sharks C Logan Couture placed in COVID-19 protocol
  • Calgary Flames confirmed agreements for Calgary event center have been terminated

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5 Responses to Fehervary Returns To Capitals’ Practice; McMichael Absent; Samsonov, Orlov Leave Early With Injuries

  1. Leslie says:

    What the hell are they doing to each other at these practices??! Ease up guys, at least try to make it to the games before you all get injured 😱

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      No doubt. It’s almost as if the lack of consistent playing time, extended breaks, is introducing a few minor injuries. Sammy always has issues, but rarely does Orlov need to leave the ice.

  2. steven says:

    Well they have a fe more dys to get healthy as tonights game is cancelled. Guess Montreal has to many players on covid list. Going to really suck if they go ack to what they did last year with only playig certain teams. On another note the rookies are playing real well.

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