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Semyon Varlamov still out but progressing

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.

By Gene Wang  | October 13, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, Semyon Varlamov  
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Comments

Any word on if King will finally see some playing time?

Posted by: GoCaps08 | October 13, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Ovi missing an optional practice right now is no big deal. His wrist was definitely bothering him the other night so not over-using it in an optional practice is probably a wise move.

Posted by: _Mark | October 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

who knows about 'playing time' but he's supposed to be in the lineup. Unless they want to pull a Lou L and dress less than 18 skaters. All King needs to worry about is not being a defensive liability and get in deep on the forecheck and finish some heavy hits. And if he takes a penalty it should be out of exuberance and over-aggressiveness.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 13, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@GoCaps

With Bradley, Poti, and Majo out and the Caps calling up nobody, mixed with BB's line combos yesterday, you are going to see Gordo, Stecks, King, Hendricks all in the line up tonight. Should look like this

Ovie-Flash-Knuble
Laich-Backs-Semin
ChimChim-Hendricks-Fehr
King-Stecks-Gordo

With Backs probably going back to 1st line midway in the game. Maybe dependant on how we are doing in the game.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 13, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

And apparently BB saw my post and it made him chuckle. Then felt inclined to call me out. Looks like he is going with the normal 1st 2 lines.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 13, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see King in there. Has anyone heard if Tavares is playing?

Posted by: GoCaps08 | October 13, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ovie doesn't make a habit out of skipping practice. He's the captain and should be setting the bar for the rest of the team.

Posted by: PonMan | October 13, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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