Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov did not suit up for Monday’s game against the Rangers due to disciplinary reasons, the Capitals disclosed 90 minutes before the opening faceoff at Madison Square Garden.

The players, who are close friends, arrived late to a team function, a source told The Athletic.

The Caps arrived in New York with five games remaining in the regular season and in a tight battle with the Islanders and Penguins for first place in the East Division.

Losing Kuznetsov and Samsonov further compounded Washington’s depth issues entering Monday’s game. Although





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