The move to recall Lewington is salary cap-related, with the Capitals in a pinch after winger Richard Panik was activated from long-term injured reserve Monday. That move brought all $2.75 million of his salary back onto the books, leaving only enough space to recall Lewington, who has the lowest salary cap hit ($675,000) in the organization.
The Capitals are likely to make additional moves Saturday morning. Lewington has appeared in five games with Washington this season and one game in Hershey. Lewington cleared waivers earlier this week, ahead of Panik returning to the roster.
Hagelin will miss his fourth straight game Friday. The 31-year-old winger played on the third line for the first 17 games of the season and had no goals and five assists. His injury was announced Nov. 8, when he did not participate in the team’s optional skate after not appearing to miss any shifts during a 5-4 overtime win at Florida the previous night. Hagelin, whom the team acquired at last season’s trade deadline, has been a key factor in the Capitals’ penalty-killing success this season.
Dowd was injured during Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win at the Philadelphia Flyers. He was called for tripping in the third period, and his hand was gashed in the process. He eventually returned to the bench but did not take another shift. On Thursday, he was on the ice for the Capitals’ optional morning skate, getting looked at by trainers and skating on his own. Dowd has played 14 games this season, recording two goals and two assists.
Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be in net Friday; Braden Holtby will get the start Saturday at Boston.
“Braden seems to play well in Boston, so that was a thought of ours, and just looking at different opponents, a number of other decisions as well went into it,” Reirden said.
The Capitals (14-2-4) are riding a 13-game point streak (11-0-2). Through 20 games, Washington leads the league in points (32) and wins. The Capitals are 5-1-3 at home and 9-1-1 on the road.
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