Head coach Peter Laviolette announced that Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) will miss at least the next four games due to quarantine restrictions, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports. Kuznetsov joins teammates Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Ilya Samsonov on the quarantine list, a sizable blow to Washington's lineup in the short term. The 28-year-old Russian is likely to be replaced by Lars Eller on the second line, while one of Brian Pinho or Connor McMichael could take his spot on the active roster. The 26th overall selection from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft could return in time for Jan. 30 action against the Bruins, but the situation remains fluid.
Kuznetsov was added to the COVID-19 protocol Wednesday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports. This news comes after the team was fined $100,000 for a COVID-19 violation, as Kuznetsov was one of four players placed on the list Wednesday. The Russian will not be allowed to practice or travel with the team until he's been fully cleared to return. At this point, consider Kuznetsov questionable for Friday's game against the Sabres.
Kuznetsov scored a goal on a team-leading six shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins. Kuznetsov worked himself free on the doorstep to knock home a rebound midway through the second period, extending the Washington lead to 4-2. It was Kuznetsov's first goal in four games this season, though he was coming off a two-assist outing two nights earlier against the Penguins.
Kuznetsov dished out two assists with two shots and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh. Kuznetsov drew his assists on go-ahead goals by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in the first and second periods, respectively. They were the first points of the season for the 28-year-old, who had 19 goals and 33 assists in 63 games last season.
Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist with four shots and two hits Tuesday in a 3-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4. Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin reached into their bag of tricks with the Capitals trailing 2-0 and facing elimination. Kuznetsov got Washington on the board at 3:35 of the second period, going coast to coast up the right side and deking Semyon Varlamov. Just under two minutes later, he perfectly teed up an Ovechkin one-timer to tie the game. Kuznetsov has three goals and two assists in the series with 14 shots on goal.
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