Braden Holtby will make his eighth start of the season for the Capitals tonight against the Oilers at Verizon Center. Michal Neuvirth will serve as the back-up and went out and took shots once he arrived at KCI after a doctor’s appointment this morning.
Neuvirth didn’t appear any worse for the wear after being unable to complete Monday night’s game in Tampa Bay and he wouldn’t be backing-up if he weren’t at least healthy enough to be called into the contest if necessary.
Holtby is 5-2-2 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .918 save percentage for the Capitals and will likely oppose Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who is 10-26-2 with a 3.33 GAA and .893 save percentage this season.
In other news:
--Semyon Varlamov also took to the ice this morning, albeit briefly and he skated rather gingerly before the rest of the team went out for the regular pre-game skate. Varlamov has missed the past five games with a knee injury and hasn’t played since Feb. 20 against Buffalo.
--Jay Beagle is healthy and was back out for practice with the Capitals this morning. He had been suffering from an upper body injury, the nature of which was not disclosed by the team, since appearing on Feb. 26 against the Islanders.
Beagle, Tyler Sloan and D.J. King all took part in extra work this morning so they are the likely healthy scratches for tonight’s tilt.
--Mike Green, who is out indefinitely with what is believed to be a concussion, did not skate this morning. He skated Monday and Tuesday, marking the first time he had been on the ice since being hit by New York’s Derek Stepan on Feb. 25.
--Eric Fehr returns to the Capitals’ lineup after missing 22 contests with a dislocated right shoulder. More on Fehr to come.