Capitals Taking It Easy With Varlamov
The Capitals are being cautious with rookie goaltender Simeon Varlamov, who left practice early and is nursing a sore groin that he injured during the first preseason game against Carolina.
"We didn't want to push him too hard we just needed a second goalie for the shots so we asked him to come out then go get treatment," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's a very minor thing but like everything else we don't want to rush him."
Boudreau added that Varlamov had such a strong performance against the Hurricanes that he would have likely gotten significant ice time in another one of these early preseason games if not for the injury. But at this point, Boudreau said he's not sure how much more time Varlamov might see considering that Jose Theodore and Brent Johnson need to be in game shape.
**Center Nicklas Backstrom looked strong skating at full speed in today's drills and said afterward that his ankle feels fine. General Manager George McPhee said Backstrom is expected to play tomorrow in New Jersey barring any sort of a setback.
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