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Bruce Boudreau expects Semyon Varlamov to dress against Nashville

Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't give away much regarding the status of the Capitals' group of injured players, but he did say that barring a setback in practice Friday, goaltender Semyon Varlamov will dress against the Predators Saturday.

"Unless something crazy happens tomorrow he'll be dressing for Saturday's game," said Boudreau, who wouldn't divulge whether Varlamov would start in Nashville. "I think, but I'm not telling."

Varlamov, who has been hampered by a groin injury, participated in full practices and drills all week and said a few times that he felt ready to go. Now it appears as though he will have that chance sooner rather than later.

"It was tough to start this way," Varlamov said of the early-season injury. "But it wasn't as bad as before and I feel good now. I'm ready to get back."

Boudreau added that he's not excessively concerned about Varlamov making his return after a short training camp and having only played half a preseason game -- Sept. 22 against Columbus.

"I'll always worry about it but I have the confidence in him that he'll be able to do it," Boudreau said. "He's only had a half of a game under his belt; the good thing is the preseason game we got out-shot a lot in the first half. He held them to nothing and he was outstanding."

As for the rest of the Capitals walking wounded, Boudreau said their status for Saturday's game remains undetermined. Matt Bradley and Tom Poti (both lower-body injuries) skated and took part in drills this morning while Mike Green was given a maintenance day.

Boudreau said he expects all three to be back out on the ice Friday morning and that there is nothing serious wrong with Green after he left Wednesday's game with a stinger. Marcus Johansson said he's feeling better after taking a shot off his right foot against the Senators.

Update: Per TSN's Bob McKenzie the Capitals placed goaltender Dany Sabourin on waivers earlier today.

By Katie Carrera  | October 14, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Semyon Varlamov, Tom Poti  
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Comments

Sounds good on the health front.

4 games in 6 days, 3-1 and guys will be ok with an extra day rest.

Only 4 games in the next 12 days anyway. The NHL Center Ice package is free, and I can easily enjoy watching the Pens lose on our off nights.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I was so worried that the Green injury would be serious! Hopefully this is a good sign pointing to just a little ding.

Posted by: capscoach | October 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

i think katie has added a level of sophistication to the analyses on the blog and news stories (coming from a hockey background). why is the link to the blog not featured as much as the other postings on the caps page?

Posted by: Joe901 | October 14, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What is BB talking about, Carlson playing poorly?! Carlson set up that PP goal, we were much crisper with him out there. I love BB but I am tired of the double standard, Green can screw up all game and there's nary a peep from the coach.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What is BB talking about, Carlson playing poorly?! Carlson set up that PP goal, we were much crisper with him out there. I love BB but I am tired of the double standard, Green can screw up all game and there's nary a peep from the coach.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 14, 2010 2:38 PM |

I think you and I were watching different games last night. Carlson was out of position a number of times, which led to high quality scoring chances by the Isles. He's definitely an offensive asset out there, but he had some bad moments last night. He'll improve during the course of the season. Green was not bad at all and hasn't been in the last 4.

Posted by: thomas20 | October 14, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I think it's safe to say that this team is playing well right now, and all complaints should be held until their play reflects otherwise.

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Thomas20, I would go even farther and say that Green played much, much better than "not bad at all." When he was on the ice, I had that sense of relief that comes with confidence in a player who will take care of business on his end. I agree that Carlson was out of position and didn't look as sharp as he had in the previous games. And Alzner isn't looking that great either, but I do expect he will improve with more time and experience.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | October 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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