ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals will be back in action on Monday against the Detroit Red Wings, and they'll get one of their injured names back in the mix.
Kuemper has been cleared and will back up Charlie Lindgren, who will make his eighth straight start. He has not played since Dec. 3, when he took an elbow to the head from Tyler Toffoli against the Calgary Flames. Since then, he has been practicing and getting work in. Hunter Shepard and Zach Fucale have been returned to the AHL's Hershey Bears with Kuemper ready to go.
Through 20 games this season, the 32-year-old netminder has a .916 save percentage.
In other injury news, T.J. Oshie remains day-to-day with what the team is calling an upper-body injury. He will not play against Detroit and has not skated.
The 35-year-old was backchecking during the second period of Saturday's win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and pulled up in apparent pain. He then went to the bench and stood for a moment before he headed down the tunnel in visible discomfort, using the boards to help him.
Nic Dowd is also day-to-day, but he took part in the morning skate and rushes. He is a game-time decision.
In other news, Martin Fehervary and Alex Alexeyev continue to make progress. Fehervary is skating in a non-contact jersey. Alexeyev, meanwhile, joined the team for the first time after the morning skate in a non-contact jersey as well.