ARLINGTON, Va. -- Evgeny Kuznetsov left Monday's game against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury after getting hit awkwardly into the boards by Leo Komarov.
The Capitals are calling the injury only day-to-day, but the injury is at least severe enough that there is some doubt as to whether Kuznetsov will travel with the team on its upcoming three-game road trip.
“He’s day-to-day, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and what direction we’re going to go with him,” Todd Reirden said after Tuesday's practice.
When asked if Kuznetsov would travel with the team, Reirden was noncommital. "We’ll see how the rest of today goes and tomorrow and I’ll talk to the trainers in the morning," he said.
The Caps will play in Colorado on Thursday, Arizona on Saturday and Vegas on Monday. If Kuznetsov does not travel with the team, he will miss all three games.
If Kuznetsov cannot play, Lars Eller will take his spot on the second line and Travis Boyd will center the third.
Kuznetsov missed the first three games of the season due to suspension but has played every game since racking up 19 goals and 27 assists. His absence is about the last thing the Caps need right now in the midst of a slump. Since returning from the all-star break, Washington is 3-4-0. They have lost two straight by a combined score of 13-5 and lost three out of four games in their four-game homestand.
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