Washington Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery was asked about Charlie Lindgren and Martin Fehervary, who both suffered injuries early in the team’s 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday .
Carbery’s response seemed to indicate that both players would miss – at the very least – Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators.
“Both will be out for the foreseeable future,” Carbery said.
Lindgren fired a high shot around the neck, which ultimately forced him out of the match. Fehervary was tripped by Anders Lee and crashed hard into the end boards.
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“It definitely put us in a hole right away,” Carbery said. “The goalkeeper is always unique. You kind of feel like you can get through it. Losing D early is tough because now you go down to five (defenders) so early, second quarter of the game. And then you have guys who are imposed very early in this match, which puts us in a difficult situation. Not in something you can’t get out of – just a little adversity.
Lindgren’s absence will be keenly felt by his Capitals teammates. Early in the campaign as the presumed backup goaltender, Lindgren was solid in net and earned a high role. He has a 7-3-3 record in 13 starts this season, allowing an average of just 2.27 goals per game for a .928 save percentage. According to Moneypuck.com, his 11.9 goals saved above expectations ranks him fifth in the league.
After the injury, Lindgren handed over the net to Darcy Kuemper, who allowed five goals for the second straight game. The team was also forced to call up an emergency goaltender, Thomas Sullivan, who played parts of three seasons at Stony Brook University.
Hunter Shepard, who served as Clay Stevenson’s backup in Hershey’s win over Rochester tonight, will likely be called up in the morning and it’s possible he could start against the Nashville Predators.
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