Kuznetsov (not injury related) had one shot and one hit in Wednesday's 3-2 double-overtime loss to Boston in Game 3.
The 28-year-old center was back from a seven-game absence but generated little of note despite logging more than 26 minutes of ice time. Kuznetsov may have needed a game to knock off the rust and find his legs after a lengthy layoff, but he's now produced just three goals in his last 18 games dating back to late March. The Capitals will need him to find his game quickly if they're going to stay in this series.
Kuznetsov (not injujry related) is on the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Game 3 against Boston and will play Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Lars Eller is out with a lower-body injury, but it looks like the Capitals will get Kuznetsov back after seven missed games. He's taking line rushes in the No. 1 center slot between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. The Russian has 62 points -- including 24 on the power play -- in 78 career postseason contests.
Kuznetsov (not injury related) has been cleared to play, but his availability for Wednesday's Game 3 has yet to be determined, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Head coach Peter Laviolette notes that it's merely a matter of conditioning that stands in the way of Kuznetsov's return to the lineup. The 29-year-old has not played since May 1 and with Lars Eller (lower body) nicked up in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2, the Capitals desperately need another offensive heavyweight at their disposal -- especially at the center position. Check back for updates prior to Wednesday's puck drop, but it does not appear as though the 26th overall pick from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will need to wait much longer to return to action.
Kuznetsov (not injury related) will travel with the team for Wednesday's Game 3 in Boston, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Kuznetsov has been skating with the team since Sunday, so there's a chance he'll be ready to play in Game 3 after missing the first two matches of the series due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols. The 28-year-old pivot picked up 29 points through 41 contests during the regular season.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19) will not be in Monday's Game 2 lineup against the Bruins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
As expected, Kuznetsov is still unavailable and hasn't played since May 1. The 28-year-old forward was back at practice Sunday, so there's a good chance that he'll be ready to go for Game 3 on Wednesday. He scored 29 points with a plus-7 rating in 41 games this season.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) was on the ice ahead of the team's optional practice Sunday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Per head coach Peter Laviolette, Kuznetsov remains "not available for a few more days" but is allowed to work out with the team per league rules. That would suggest the Russian center won't play Game 2 on Monday against Boston, but further clarification should be provided on that front closer to puck drop.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) didn't participate in Saturday's morning skate and will miss Game 1 against the Bruins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Kusznetsov and goalie Ilya Samsonov remain in the protocols and will both miss Washington's postseason opener as a result. They'll hope to clear the protocols in time for Monday's Game 2. Lars Eller is expected to center the second line in Kuznetsov's absence, though T.J. Oshie (lower body) is also an option to slide over from the wing if he suits up.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) did not participate in Friday's optional skate, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) have now been away from the Capitals for 11 days. It's unclear if the 28--year-old will be in the lineup for Game 1 versus Boston on Saturday and no timetable for his return has been established.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) will not be in the lineup against the Bruins on Tuesday, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Kuznetsov will miss his fifth straight game after being placed in the league's COVID-19 protocol. Prior to his absence, the 28-year-old center was rolling with eight points in his previous seven contests, including a trio of power-play assists. The team hasn't provided an update on Kuznetsov's timeline, so it's unclear if he will be ready for the start of the postseason, but if he does play, it will almost certainly be in a first-line role with Alex Ovechkin, making him an elite fantasy target.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) will not play Friday against the Flyers, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Kuznetsov and teammate Ilya Samsonov were scratched before Monday's win against the Rangers and will remain in the COVID-19 protocols through Friday's meeting with the Flyers. Check back for further updates prior to puck drop Saturday regarding the 28-year-old center's availability for Washington's penultimate match of the regular season.
Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) won't play Wednesday versus the Rangers, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Kuznetsov was scratched Monday due to a coach's decision after being late to a team meeting. He then entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Tuesday, so at this point there's no telling when he might be given the green light to return. The Capitals only have three regular-season games remaining following Wednesday's contest, so time is of the essence for Kuznetsov. The 28-year-old forward has tallied 29 points in 41 games this campaign.
Kuznetsov is on the COVID-19 protocol list Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Kuznetsov didn't dress for Monday's game against the Rangers due to a coach's decision that reportedly had to do with his being late to a team meeting. It's unclear if his placement in the protocol is related, or if he'll be able to play Wednesday against the Rangers. More information on his status should become available in the next day.
Kuznetsov (coach's decision) will not play in Monday's game against the Rangers, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Kuznetsov and teammate Ilya Samsonov were reportedly late to a team function and they'll both be withheld from Monday's game as a result. The 28-year-old has 29 points in 41 games this season, including eight points over the last seven contests. He should be back in his top-line role for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Kuznetsov scored a goal and aded two assists in a 6-3 win over the Islanders on Saturday.
Kuznetsov's season has been disappointing to fantasy managers, to say the least. But he seems to be warming up. Kuznetsov has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last four games, including two three-point games. This late-season run will help your team.
Kuznetsov scored the game-winning goal at even strength and added two power-play assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Flyers.
The 28-year-old had only one point, an assist, in his prior six games, but Kuznetsov was right at the heart of the Caps' offense in this one. On the season, he has eight goals and 24 points through 35 games.
Kuznetsov scored the game-winning goal at even strength and added a power-play assist in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Devils.
His third-period tally seemed to be an insurance goal that made the score 5-2, but it proved to be crucial as New Jersey staged a late rally. Kuznetsov hadn't found the scoresheet in three games coming into Sunday, and on the season the 28-year-old has seven goals and 20 points through 28 contests.
Kuznetsov picked up two assists in Friday's 4-0 win over the Devils.
He set up Alex Ovechkin twice on the night to open and close the scoring for the Caps. Kuznetsov has found the scoresheet in eight of the last nine games, and on the season the 28-year-old has five goals and 17 points through 23 contests.
Kuznetsov scored two goals in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Devils.
Kuznetsov broke a 2-2 tie soon after the halfway mark in the second period and did the same to a 3-3 tie in the third. New Jersey had no answer to his latter goal, which stood up as the game-winner. The Russian center came in with only three goals in 21 games played, but Kuznetsov has heated up recently, with at least one point in seven of his last eight games.
Kuznetsov scored a goal on three shots in a 6-0 win over Buffalo on Monday.
Kuznetsov opened the offensive floodgates for the Capitals, beating Carter Hutton with a long shot from the half-wall right after a Washington power play had expired. It was Kuznetsov's first goal since Feb. 14, bringing to an end his 12-game goal-scoring skid. Despite that slump, Kuznetsov will take a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists) into Tuesday's clash with the Islanders.
Kuznetsov recorded two assists in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Devils.
His second helper of the night was the big one, as he hit a fresh Jakub Vrana coming off the bench with a stretch pass that resulted in the game-winner. Kuznetsov had been held scoreless in his prior four games, and on the season the 28-year-old has two goals and eight points through only 15 contests as he tries to get into gear after both injury and COVID-related absences.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/23||vs BOS||L 1-3||0||0||0||0||18:30|
|05/21||@ BOS||L 1-4||0||0||0||-1||18:02|
|05/19||@ BOS||L 2-3 (2 OT)||0||0||0||0||26:41|
|05/01||vs PIT||L 0-3||0||0||0||0||15:08|
|04/29||vs PIT||L 4-5 (OT)||0||1||1||-1||16:01|
|04/27||vs NYI||W 1-0||0||0||0||+1||14:21|
|04/24||@ NYI||W 6-3||1||2||3||+2||13:26|
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