ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals continue to see progress on the injury front for several key players, but there are still ways to go for some of the names on the shelf.
Martin Fehervary has been getting work in on his own in the mornings but has yet to join the team for a skate. The Slovak has missed the last six games after suffering an upper-body injury against the Calgary Flames back on Dec. 3, when he took a hard hit from Milan Lucic along the boards and appeared to hurt his arm.
"He's working his way back into this," head coach Peter Laviolette said. "He's on the ice and he's progressing."
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Meanwhile, Darcy Kuemper has continued skating and was on the ice again on Friday getting work in. He has missed the last six games as well after taking an elbow to the head from Tyler Toffoli back on Dec. 3 in Calgary. It's a good sign that there are no restrictions on the 32-year-old netminder, but he isn't ready to draw back into the lineup yet.
"From what I've talked to the staff about, he's not been cleared yet for games," Laviolette said. "And so, he's in a practice like this and this is a full go out here. There's no restrictions for him, I think it's day-to-day. I think he's close, but I have not heard anything yet."
Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson have continued skating in non-contact jerseys, and Beck Malenstyn, who underwent hand surgery after breaking his finger on Nov. 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights, is also out skating sporting a non-contact jerseys. There aren't timetables for the three yet, though there's progress with them on the ice.
Alex Alexeyev, who has been out since taking an elbow to the head on Dec. 9 against the Seattle Kraken, has not skated, but he has been around the facility.