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Capitals coach Peter Laviolette enters COVID protocol

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Oct 29, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette watches from the bench during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette entered the NHL’s COVID protocol ahead of Friday’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

Per the Capitals, Laviolette will miss Friday’s game against the Lightning as well as Sunday’s return match at Tampa Bay.

Assistant coach Kevin McCarthy will assume head coaching responsibilities in Laviolette’s absence.

Laviolette, 57, is in his third season with Washington. He owns a 723-473-142 record with 25 ties in 1,363 games behind the bench with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Capitals.

The Capitals enter Friday’s game having lost five of their last six (1-3-2).

–Field Level Media