Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette announced that center Nic Dowd will be a “game-time decision” for Monday night’s game vs. the Detroit Red Wings (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market) and Darcy Kuemper will back-up Charlie Lindgren, who will make his eighth consecutive start.
Dowd is labeled as day-to-day after missing Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower-body injury.
Kuemper left with 3:50 left in the second period of Washington’s 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames to December 3 with an upper-body injury and has not played since. Hunter Shepard has served as Lindgren’s back-up before Zach Fucale was his understudy for Saturday’s game.
Lindgren, who turned 29 on Sunday, is 6-0-1 (tied for NHL-lead in wins) with a .931 save percentage (12th) and 2.05 goals-against average (tied for 12th) since Kuemper sustained the injury.
Right-wing T.J. Oshie is labeled as day-to-day with an upper-body injury on Saturday and not expected to play vs. Detroit after not skating on Monday morning.
By Harrison Brown