WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 13: Nino Niederreiter #25 of the New York Islanders is tripped up in front of Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on October 13 2010 in Washington DC. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Semyon Varlamov Will Not Make The Upcoming Road Trip With The Capitals

Semyon Varlamov made his first start of the season over the weekend and allowed four goals in an overtime win. Now it appears the groin injury he returned from is still lingering, as he will not make the upcoming three game road trip with the team.

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Semyon Varlamov Will Not Make Road Trip For The Capitals

Semyon Varlamov returned from a groin injury to make his first start of the year against the Bruins, but he didn't look very sharp. Whether it was rust or just that he was not fully healed from his injury, it was clear the Varlamov was not playing as well as he could.

Now it seems that it might be the effects of a lingering injury that caused Varlamov's performance, because according to Corey Masisak, Varlamov will not be making the upcoming road trip with the team.

Bruce Boudreau said Semyon Varlamov is not going on this road trip for the #Caps.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

 

The Capitals will hit the road for a quick three game set against the Hurricanes, Wild and Flames. Michal Neuvirth will presumably continue to start in Varlamov's place until he is ready to return on a full time basis.

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Michal Nuevirth Will Start For Capitals Tonight

Bruce Boudreau has historically platooned his goalies based on whichever one is playing better at the time, and it appears that trend will continue. Despite Semyon Varlamov's return to good health, Boudreau will start Michal Nuevirth in goal in tonight's game against the Nashville Predators, according to Mike Vogel.

Also, the team recalled 29-year old defensemen Brian Fahey from Hershey, which doesn't bode well for Tom Poti's chances of playing tonight.

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As Varlamov Edges Closer To Return Capitals Put Dany Sabourin On Waivers

We mentioned yesterday that Coach Bruce Boudreau speculated that Semyon Varlamov that he might be available to return from his injury as early as Saturday.

Today the Capitals made a roster move that seems to confirm that Varlamov is just about ready to go. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Caps have put reserve goalkeeper Dany Sabourin on waivers. The Caps might be willing to lose some of their depth at goalkeeper because they know that Varlamov will be able to replace him on the depth chart soon.

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Bruce Boudreau Says Semyon Varlamov Will Not Dress For Wednesday's Game

Despite what Semyon Varlamov said about dressing as the backup goalie for tonight's game against the Islanders, it appears as though he isn't all the way back from the injury which has sidelined him for the beginning of the season. According to Katie Carerra of the Caps Insider at the Washington Post, Coach Bruce Boudreau has said Varlamov probably won't be playing until this weekend.

"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.

Looks like Coach Boudreau just wants to give that injury a little bit more time to heal while the stakes of the games they are playing are so low.

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Semyon Varlamov Ready To Return As Capitals Backup

After missing the first weekend of the season with a groin injury, Semyon Varlamov is ready to return to the Capitals. Katie Carrera at the Washington Post has excerted an article from the Russian publication Sport-Express that features in interview with Varlamov himself.

"Everything is fine with me now," Varlamov said. Wednesday "I will be the backup. And then, we'll see. If they want me to play, I will play, because I am ready. I was through full practices and it all feels alright."

He also added.

Yes, one hundred percent. I am hoping to get a start this week. Perhaps in the upcoming road game, but it's up to the coaches, of course.

Michael Neuvirth has been starting between the Caps for the Pipes and has been doing a fine job. But having the depth that Varlamov can add is never a bad thing.

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Michal Neuvirth Will Start Again In Goal For Semyon Varlamov Against Senators

After two pretty solid performances in goal in the Capitals' first two regular-season games, it appears Michal Neuvirth will keep the starting job for the time being. Coach Bruce Boudreau said during today's morning skate that Neuvirth will get the start against the Ottawa Senators tonight.

Via Katie Carrera of the Washington Post:

"We knew he could handle it," Boudreau said. "He played a lot of games in Hershey and he went back-to-back-to-back in the playoffs last year and played every playoff game...I've been saying it all along; he's a good goaltender."    

It's a bit unclear whether Neuvirth is starting because Varlamov is injured or because the job is his anyway. Varlamov participated in the morning skate and stayed for extra work afterwards, but has not been activated from injured reserve. He has missed the team's first two games with a groin injury.

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Semyon Varlamov Has Groin Injury, Expects To Return Next Week

We now know the "undisclosed" injury that Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov has that is keeping him out of at least the team's first two regular-season games. According to Varlamov himself, it's a groin injury.

Via CSN's Corey Masisak:

Semyon Varlamov said it is a groin injury but not as bad as its been before. He expects to be ready sometime next week for the #Caps.    

Varlamov was placed on injured reserve yesterday, but can be activated at any time, since it was done retroactive to September 22. He reportedly participated in the team's practice today, including the skate session at the end. 

Michal Neuvirth will start in goal until Varlamov is healthy.

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Seymon Varlamov Placed On Injured Reserve

It looks like Semyon Varlamov will miss at least some games. The Capitals have just placed him on injured reserve, according to CSN's Corey Masisak

Varlamov has been placed retroactive to September 22, which means he's eligible to return at any time. It seems like the Capitals made the move in order to make room for Dany Sabourin on the roster. The Capitals need Sabourin for now to back up Michal Neuvirth until Varlamov comes back. Placing Varlamov on injured reserve is the only way they could have made it happen.

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Semyon Varlamov May Miss Season Opener With An Injury

With the Capitals' regular season approaching, the team suddenly has a goalie issue on their hands. Number one keeper Semyon Varlamov is struggling with some sort of injury, and coach Bruce Boudreau indicated he will not play in Friday's opener against the Thrashers.

Via TBD's Samuel Chamberlain.

It seems all but a certainty that Michal Neuvirth will start Friday night's season opener at Atlanta. Now the question is whether Varlamov will be able to go in Saturday's home opener against the New Jersey Devils.

"I doubt it, right now." Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked if Varlamov could start on Saturday "But we'll see how tomorrow's practice goes and we'll see how he does." Boudreau also said Varlamov will travel with the team with Atlanta, which is significant.

It's not clear what Varlamov's injury is, but he hasn't played since September 22. 

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