Capital gain? Kuznetsov expected to return

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Capitals are hosting the Stanley Cup on Saturday night for the first time since 1999. They are also expected to get a roster boost, as well.

Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is expected to play in the game. He’s been apparently dealing with an arm injury.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Getty Images)

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Getty Images)

The series with the Vegas Golden Knights are tied at 1-1. The Golden Knights won the first game, before the Capitals won Game 2.

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be live on NBC Sports Network at 8 pm.

Kuznetsov practiced two straight days before he said ‘we’ll see’ if he plays in Game 3. Before this announcement, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said he was going to be a game-time decision.

He’s expected to be back on the same line with Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson.

Kuznetsov left in the first period of the Capitals 3-2 win on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. He did not return after the team said he suffered an upper-body injury.

He took a hit from Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb that causes him to leave the game. McNabb did not receive a penalty on the play despite Trotz saying there should have been.

“I saw him all the way,” Kuznetsov said. It’s a hockey play. We hit their guys. They hit our guys. It’s just a hockey play and I’m never going to judge the referees or some players how they play. It’s not on me. But I don’t think that’s dirty, right?”

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