Marcus Johansson went off the ice late in this morning’s practice after being hit in the mouth by a puck, but Coach Bruce Boudreau said the rookie center would be fine and ready to go for tomorrow’s game in Ottawa.
“He took a puck to the mouth, last friggin’ drill,” Boudreau said. “He got a pretty good cut in his lip, probably going to require some stitches. He’s fine and ready to play.”
While Johansson will travel to Ottawa and Montreal for games on Friday and Saturday, none of the Capitals’ injured players will make the trip, Boudreau said. Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott both took part in a rather brisk workout prior to the full team practice, though, which is likely a positive sign for both of them.
--Michal Neuvirth said he expects to start on Friday night against the Senators, while Semyon Varlamov will play Saturday night in Montreal, his first game since recovering from a knee injury.
Neuvirth is 3-0-0 in his career against the Senators with a 1.36 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage while Varlamov is 3-0-1 against Montreal in the regular season with a 1.45 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, including a shutout. Boudreau almost always factors in a goaltender’s previous experience against a given team, so that likely has a good bit to do with the assignments this weekend. Granted, any of that could change if the situation warrants it.
I’ll have more on the Capitals’ goaltenders for tomorrow’s paper, so keep an eye out for that.