Here’s a head scratcher: Forward Eugene Kuznetsov and goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov will not play in tonight’s game against Rangers.
The covers say the decision not to play was a “team decision” for “disciplinary reasons”.
From Samantha’s “overtime” Pell:
The capitals Evgeniy Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not be dressed tonight against New York for a team. It was a team decision, for disciplinary reasons.
Craig Anderson will back up Vitek Vanecek tonight.
̵1; Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 3, 2021
Athletic’s Tariq El-Bashir reports that both players are late for team function.
Evgeniy Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not play tonight at MSG. This is a team decision. They were late for a team function. # Caps
– Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikElBashir) May 3, 2021
Monday’s game already had a dubious list.
You may remember that Kuznetsov and Samsonov missed the time earlier in the year due to COVID violations.
Samsonov’s fight with Vitek Vanecek for the title of starting goalkeeper in the playoffs was recently the topic of discussion with head coach Peter Laviolet. Vanecek had already been chosen to begin tonight.
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