Alex Ovechkin
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Star forward among four players required to miss four games because of COVID protocol. 

The Washington Capitals are the latest NHL team to have a significant issue with players being exposed to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the NHL fined the Capitals organization $100,000 for violating COVID protocols. Four players were placed on the daily list of players who are “unavailable to play or practice, in accordance with the league’s COVID protocols” — wing Alexander Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov.

The New York Islanders are scheduled to play at Washington on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, the third and fourth games the four players would be required to miss.

Washington (2-0-2) are two points ahead of the Islanders (2-1-0) in the standings as this news breaks.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.