Martin Fehervary misses practice with injury, but Ilya Samsonov returns

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Fehervary misses practice with injury, but Samsonov returns originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Defenseman Martin Fehervary was not on the ice for practice on Wednesday due to an upper-body injury as the team skated in preparation for its preseason game against the Boston Bruins.

When asked what the level of concern was over Fehervary's injury, head coach Peter Laviolette said, "I don't think too bad. I'm hoping we'll get an exhibition game. Not playing tonight, but we'll see as those days approach."

Fehervary left Monday's game against the New Jersey Devils in the second period with an upper-body injury. A puck appeared to strike his hand or finger and he left soon after.

Fehervary is in a competition to make the Caps roster after the departure of Brenden Dillon and Zdeno Chara in the offseason. Both he and Michal Kempny are competing for a spot in the team's top six on defense.

While Fehervary was not on the ice Wednesday, goalie Ilya Samsonov was. He skated for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Though Samsonov played the full 60 minutes and nine-round shootout, he said Wednesday that he actually felt the injury in the second period. He has spent the last few days working off the ice but says he is now pain-free and progressing well.

"I feel good right now," Samsonov said. "I was skating today, feel normal, nothing pain. I think will work 100% tomorrow."

Samsonov felt would be ready for the season opener on Oct. 13.

Laviolette said he was hopeful Samsonov could play in Friday's preseason finale, but that he would take a cautious approach with the young netminder.

"If there's anything at all wrong, then he won't play Friday," Laviolette said. "I certainly would like him to play Friday, but we'll see how it goes."