After leaving the end of the Washington Capitals’ practice on Tuesday in some discomfort, goaltender Ilya Samsonov returned to the team for Wednesday’s practice.
Center Connor McMichael, who missed Tuesday’s practice with a non-COVID-19 related illness, participated during Wednesday’s session. However, neither right-wing T.J. Oshie nor center Nicklas Backstrom, who both missed the team’s 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday for the same reasons, skated with the Capitals.
Defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, did not practice with the team on Wednesday. The Capitals are off for another day before they visit the St. Louis Blues on Friday (8 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market) and Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Head coach Peter Laviolette did not rule him out for Friday’s game.
Right-wing Garnet Hathaway replaced Tom Wilson on the top trio while Wilson skated on a line with center Lars Eller and left-wing Conor Sheary.
PP1: Ovechkin, Carlson, Wilson, Kuznetsov, Sheary.
PP2: Ovechkin, Schultz, Sprong, Eller, Protas.
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Defenseman Michal Kempny met with the media following practice on Wednesday. He spoke about his disappointment in missing a potential opportunity to participate in the upcoming Olympics.
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* The NHL and 20 of its teams are suing five of their insurance providers, alleging the companies have breached contracts by refusing to reimburse more than $1 billion worth of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic
* Montreal Canadiens G Carey Price is still working to get back, because he went into the player assistance program rehab from knee surgery was delayed
* Boston Bruins played C Tomas Nosek and one staff member into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol
* Tampa Bay Lightning placed C Riley Nash on waivers
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By Harrison Brown