Carlson will be a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. the Islanders.
Carlson missed the entire round-robin but practiced on Monday and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 on Wednesday. If Carlson remains out, Martin Fehervary or Radko Gudas will fill his spot and Dmitri Orlov will do a lot of the heavy lifting, including PP1.
Eller will not be available for Game 1 but is expected to return for Game 2.
Eller is still in quarantine after leaving the bubble for the birth of his child, so Travis Boyd will remain in the lineup for Game 1. Capitals head coach Todd Reirden is hopeful that Eller will play in Game 2 on Friday.
Source: Ben Raby 08/11/20, 2:27 pm EST
Fehervary will draw into the Capitals lineup on Sunday.
Gudas will come out of the Capitals lineup on Sunday.
Backstrom is on the ice for warmups and is expected to play vs. Boston.
Holtby will start Sunday vs. the Bruins.
Backstrom (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Sunday.
Source: JJ Regan 08/9/20, 10:06 am EST
Carlson will not play in the round-robin finale vs. the Bruins.
Carlson (undisclosed) will miss his second straight round-robin game on Thursday.
Carlson (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.
The Capitals are playing it safe with their star defenseman and have listed him as a game-time decision for Thursday. If he doesn't play, Dmitry Orlov will continue to quarterback the Capitals' top power-play unit.
Boyd will draw into the Capitals lineup on Thursday.
Boyd will replace Lars Eller, who left the bubble to be with his wife for the birth of their second child and is expected to centre the third line. Boyd had three goals and seven assists (10 points) in 24 regular-season games.
Eller (personal) left the bubble on Wednesday and will not play on Thursday.
Eller went back to Washington on Wednesday to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. As a result, Eller won't be able to play on Thursday and will need to quarantine upon his return to the bubble, making him questionable for Sunday's game as well. Travis Boyd will replace him in the lineup.
Holtby will start Thursday vs. the Flyers.
Carlson will not play Monday vs. the Lightning.
Carlson (undisclosed) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Lightning.
Carlson was nicked up in the Capitals' exhibition game but practiced returned to practice on Saturday. Given the fact that the Capitals are already locked into a playoff spot, they may play it safe with their star defenseman. Head coach Todd Reirden said that Carlson's status for Monday is still TBD, so consider him a game-time decision and check on his status during warmups.
Holtby will start Monday vs. the Lightning.
Holtby split time with Ilya Samsonov during the regular season but will be leaned on heavily during the postseason with Samsonov out. Holtby was 25-14-6 with a 3.11 GAA and .897 SV% in the playoffs, including a 2-0-0 record with a 1.95 GAA and .930 SV% against the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning.
Samsonov (undisclosed) is expected to miss the 2020 playoffs.
Samsonov did not travel to Toronto and will remain in Washington to undergo treatment. The Capitals expect Samsonov to be healthy for the 2020-21 season, which means Braden Holtby is now their unquestioned starter heading into the playoffs. Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek will battle it out for the backup position.
Holtby will start Thursday vs. the Red Wings.
Holtby will start in Buffalo on Monday.
Holtby allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Capitals win in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Holtby has won four of his last five starts (4-1-0) despite posting a very pedestrian 3.15 GAA and .903 SV%. Holtby stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 6-1 win in his first start vs. the Sabres and is 13-8-1 with a 3.13 GAA and .900 SV% on the road this year.
Holtby will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.
Holtby allowed five goals on 29 shots in the Capitals loss to the Flyers on Wednesday. Ilya Samsonov started Thursday but they'll come back to Holtby in a huge matchup with the Penguins. Holtby is 12-8-1 with a 3.18 GAA and .898 SV% on the road this year and allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 5-3 win over the Penguins on February 23rd.