Ovechkin, teammates remain in COVID-19 protocol, are considered day-to-day

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Ovechkin, teammates remain in COVID-19 protocol, considered day-to-day originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov -- who have missed the past four games while on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol-related absence list -- remain in protocol and are considered day-to-day, according to head coach Peter Laviolette. With all four remaining in protocol, none of them were on the ice for Friday's optional practice.

Laviolette could not give many details beyond just day-to-day. He also noted that even when the players are cleared he does not know if they will get back into the lineup right away as they have not been able to skate or practice with the team since being placed on the protocol list.

"I've never been here before," Laviolette said. "Often times when players are just injured or they're on long-term IR, they're out on the ice before practice and eventually they might work into a practice and then they might come off long-term IR. So those are typical things that we deal with, but I'm not sure about this case exactly. I think whenever the players come out, they're available, I'll have conversations with them and I'll figure it out from there."

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What this means is that even if some or all four of the players are allowed back to participate in Saturday's morning skate, it is no guarantee they will be back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Thus far, Washington has done remarkably well despite missing four key players from the lineup. The team earned seven out of a possible eight points in the last four games even with additional injuries to Tom Wilson and Lars Eller. But at some point, the team needs to get back to full strength and get its top players back on the ice. When that may be, however, is still uncertain.

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