Washington travels to Boston on Wednesday for the back half of a home-and-home pre-season set with the Bruins. The Caps edged the B’s 3-2 at Verizon Center on Tuesday night in the opener.
The Caps will put a perfect 3-0 pre-season mark on the line against the Bruins on Wednesday. Boston is 1-2-1 in NHL exhibition play.
Slated to start Tuesday night’s game in goal for the Capitals, Semyon Varlamov instead rested for what Caps coach Bruce Boudreau termed, “Maintenance, general maintenance.”
Whether or not Varlamov is able to make the trip to Beantown for Wednesday’s game is a determination that will be made on Wednesday morning. Goaltender Braden Holtby was reassigned to the AHL Hershey Bears over the weekend, but Holtby was back in Washington (in civilian clothes) for Tuesday’s game with the Bruins.
Michal Neuvirth started on Tuesday and went the distance, making 20 stops along the way. Along with Varlamov and Neuvirth, veteran Dany Sabourin is the only other netminder currently on the Capitals’ training camp roster.
All three – and Holtby – have seen pre-season game action in Washington’s first three exhibition contests. The Caps have outscored their opponents by a combined 11-5 in the preseason. All five goals against have come at even strength.
Special teams continue to be a strong point for the Caps this fall. Washington is 3-for-9 (33.3%) on the power play and has scored one extra-man goal in each of its games. The Caps have successfully snuffed all 13 of the opposition’s manpower advantage opportunities.
Boston figures to ice a much better lineup for Wednesday’s game. The B’s dressed only a handful of regulars and played journeyman goalie Nolan Schaefer the entire way in Tuesday’s game at Verizon Center.
The Bruins hope to have 2009 Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas back in goal for Wednesday’s game. Thomas has yet to play in the 2010 preseason; he underwent off-season hip surgery.
Wednesday night’s game will be Boston’s last exhibition match on this continent this fall. Immediately after the game, the B’s will head to the airport to catch a flight to Belfast. The Bruins will play an Oct. 2 exhibition against the Belfast Giants before they travel on to Prague where they will open the 2010-11 season with a pair of contests against the Phoenix Coyotes.