Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov is making progress in his recovery from an undisclosed injury and was on the ice for this morning's optional skate at KCI, but while he told colleague Slava Malamud that he's "one hundred percent" healthy and ready to go, Coach Bruce Boudreau ruled him out for tonight's game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.
"He'll be probably in the lineup on Saturday. That's my guess right now," Boudreau said, referring to the Capitals' next game at Nashville following the conclusion of this three-game home stand.
Marcus Johansson also skated this morning but remains week to week after blocking a shot with his foot in Monday's 3-2 overtime win against Ottawa. Johansson stayed on the ice for an extended period after the morning skate and along with assistant coaches fired shots on Varlamov and Dany Sabourin, the backup until Varlamov officially rejoins the team from injured reserve, in front of just a handful of spectators.
Missing as well were defenseman Tom Poti and right wing Matt Bradley, both day to day with what Boudreau described as muscle-related ailments. While Bradley skated before the rest of the team, there's no definitive timetable for either his or Poti's return.
"Probably tomorrow, but we'll see," Boudreau said.
Alex Ovechkin, meantime, took his option and did not skate with the team this morning.