Vanecek To Start vs. Islanders, Sprong To Draw In For Capitals With Eller Out

With center Lars Eller out with COVID-19, Washington Capitals right-wing Daniel Sprong will draw in and center Connor McMichael will shift to center for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market). This will be just Sprong’s second game in the last month.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said center Michael Vecchione, who was recalled prior to Tuesday’s game, is just “here for now” and did not take line rushes, meaning that he will likely be an extra against the Islanders. To recall him, the team had to place Eller on non-roster to give them the needed roster spot and move left-wing Joe Snively, who is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, from injured reserve to long-term injured reserve (meaning he cannot return until Friday, March 25 at the Buffalo Sabres) to give them the cap space.

Goaltender Vitek Vanecek will start for the fifth time in six games. The 25-year-old is 9-4-0 with a .927 save percentage, a 2.19 goals-against average, and three shutouts (one of which coming against the Islanders on January 15) since December 17.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will start for the Islanders.

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