WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Washington Capitals work through some injuries and questions in the lineup, they will get back a key piece of the lineup down the middle, as Lars Eller will be available for Sunday’s tilt against the Dallas Stars.
Head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters prior to the team’s game against Dallas that No. 20 can play on Sunday and is no longer on COVID-19 protocol. He had been quarantining in Vancouver after a positive test while the team returned to the States following their Canadian road trip. It was Eller’s second positive test and his second time on protocol this season.
Eller last played on March 11, scoring the OT winner against the Canucks for his first point in his last 10 games played. The Danish center has nine goals and 14 assists through 53 games this season.
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In other news, Laviolette said, via The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, that the team is still “working through things” in the room, and there are no updates on the availability of T.J. Oshie, who suffered a lower-body injury on Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, or Nic Dowd or Trevor van Riemsdyk, who suffered unknown ailments in Friday’s shootout win over Carolina.
Washington recalled Brett Leason from Hershey on Sunday and has an extra forward option to work with if need be. Meanwhile, the Capitals also have Michal Kempny and Matt Irwin available to draw in on the backend. Mike Vecchione, who had been called up last week to serve as an extra option at forward, was sent back to Hershey.
Washington and Dallas face off at 5 p.m. ET in the Capitals’ final game before the trade deadline, which is Monday at 3 p.m. ET. It will also mark Braden Holtby’s return to D.C., but he won’t have the exact homecoming he envisioned as he will not dress due to a lower-body injury. Still, he will be in the building, as he is traveling with the team.