On Friday, the Washington Capitals announced they have recalled forward Michael Sgarbossa and goaltender Zach Fucale (goaltender exemption) from the taxi squad.
#Caps recall forward Michael Sgarbossa and goaltender Zach Fucale (goaltender exemption) from the taxi squad.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 7, 2022
The recall comes after several moves this morning, including center Nicklas Backstrom being placed on injured reserve and netminder Vitek Vanecek, who made the trip but missed this morning’s skate, out with a last-minute illness. Ilya Samsonov will start tonight with Fucale backing up.
Per taxi squad rules, if a club has fewer than two goaltenders on its active roster who are able to play in the club’s next regular-season game due to injury or illness, it will be permitted to recall a goaltender immediately without the club playing the previous game with fewer than two goaltenders.
The Capitals face the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center Friday night (8 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington, NHL Network).
By Della Young