Semyon Varlamov is expected to start for the Capitals tomorrow night against the Montreal Canadiens. If he does, it will mark the 22-year-old Russian’s first start since Feb. 20 when he made 28 saves in a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
With a member of the Capitals’ public relations staff serving as a translator, Varlamov said in Russian that he is completely healthy and ready to get back, adding that he has tried to remain positive during this injury-ravaged season.
On Feb. 26, Varlamov took to the ice at Nassau Coliseum for a morning skate before a scheduled start against the Islanders and wound up injuring his knee. Varlamov was deemed unable to even serve as Michal Neuvirth’s backup in that game because of the knee problem, prompting the Capitals to call up Todd Ford and, later, Braden Holtby.
Varlamov missed 11 games before he backed-up Neuvirth in Philadelphia on Tuesday. There are only eight regular-season games remaining, and Coach Bruce Boudreau hasn’t discussed how he will split time between Varlamov and Neuvirth in the playoffs — assuming they both stay healthy.
--After wrapping up a scratches skate, Eric Fehr wouldn’t divulge whether it was an injury keeping him out of the lineup, but it’s possible his shoulder may still be bothering him. Fehr fell on and reinjured his right shoulder, which was dislocated earlier in the year and caused him to miss 22 games, on March 15 in Montreal.
Safe to say Fehr won’t be in the lineup against the Senators. He wasn’t sure if he would be in consideration to face the Canadiens tomorrow.