Semyon Varlamov, who has not played in a game since February 20, will miss more action as he recovers from an apparent knee injury, coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice Friday. Via Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner:
Semyon Varlamov will be out 7-to-10 days, according to Bruce Boudreau and won't be on the trip to Florida.
In Varlamov's absence, Michal Neuvirth has reassumed the starting goalie position and has played very well. Braden Holtby, who is dealing with a minor knee injury himself, will be the backup.
One would think that Neuvirth's recent play would elevate him to the starting job no matter what happened to Varlamov. Save for a 6-0 shellacking to the Rangers, Neuvirth has allowed two or fewer goals in all of his last five starts. Neuvirth has started in 30 of the team's games this year, while Varlamov has only been in net for 18 games. But, of course, given the way Boudreau likes to ride the hot goalie, we can count on Varlamov getting another chance to start at some point this season once he becomes healthy.