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Evgeny Kuznetsov has been listed as day-to-day with the upper body injury that knocked him out of Game 2, Coach Barry Trotz said Thursday afternoon.

The Caps did not hold a practice as they made their way back from Las Vegas. 

Game 3 is Saturday in Washington.

Trotz’s update was light on specifics, but the revelation that he considers Kuznetsov to be day-to-day is new information. In the past, Trotz has labeled players who are dealing with significant injuries as week-to-week.

The next update figures to come Friday. The team has an optional skate scheduled for Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 10:30 a.m. 

Asked if Kuznetsov is expected to hit the ice during that session, Trotz said, "I don't know. Can't answer that."

Trotz will speak to reporters following practice.

Kuznetsov, the postseason’s points leader with 11 goals and 14 assists, was injured by a hard, high check from Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb late in the first period of the Caps' 3-2 win. Kuznetsov went immediately to the dressing room and did not return.

Third line center Lars Eller moved into Kuznetsov’s spot for the balance of the game. If Kuznetsov misses any time, Eller is expected to remain in that role.

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