Goalie Semyon Varlamov continued his progress back from a knee injury with full participation in practice this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Then underscoring that Varlamov's return to the lineup is imminent, the club reassigned goalie Braden Holtby to Hershey of AHL.
The Capitals officially announced the move the morning after Michal Neuvirth stopped all 33 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory over New Jersey. It was the fourth shutout of the season for Neuvirth, who is making a strong bid to become the featured goalie when the playoffs begin. The Capitals have won 10 of 11 overall and seven of eight on the road.
Neuvirth originally yielded to Holtby after taking a puck off his helmet during the first period against Tampa Bay on March 7. Neuvirth remained in the game until the end of the period before Holtby took over and stopped all 21 shots to record the win in a shootout. Holtby went on to win his next four starts in a row, including shutting out Edmonton, 5-0, one game later by making 22 saves.
Semyon Varlamov participates in practice
Washington Post | Mar 20