The Buffalo Sabres are scheduled to play in Washington on Friday and Sunday, but their opponent could be without several key pieces, as there is now a COVID situation with the Capitals.
Four Capitals players have been placed on the COVID list, in Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and starting netminder Ilya Samsonov.
The NHL's announcement on the matter is as follows:
"The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for player violations of the league's COVID-19 protocols which involved social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings."
The Capitals responded Wednesday night, including a statement from Alex Ovechkin:
In terms of on ice impact, the Sabres may have the benefit of playing a weakened Capitals squad on Friday, without two of their best offensive players, one of their best defensemen, and their presumed number one goaltender.