Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not dress for Monday's game against the New York Rangers (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington) due to disciplinary reasons, per the Capitals. Both players were late to a team function.
Washington was already staring at the potential of a shorthanded lineup on Monday so this news is not ideal. T.J. Oshie is out for personal reasons and both Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson are considered game-time decisions as both are dealing with lower-body injuries. Now Kuznetsov and Samsonov are both out.
Head coach Peter Laviolette said after Monday's morning skate that Vitek Vanecek would start the game. Craig Anderson will now back him up with Samsonov moving to the taxi squad. The rest of the lineup is very much a question mark.
With Kuznetsov out, Michael Raffl will most likely move to center. If both Ovechkin and Carlson return, then the team can dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. If one or both are out, then the team will not have a full lineup for the game as the team does not have enough cap space for a recall and the rules for emergency recalls dictate teams with no cap space must play shorthanded for a game before making a recall.