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The Capitals haven't played a game since Saturday's night's 7-2 blowout win against the Flames, but one of their early-season standouts received some good news Tuesday afternoon.

Rookie goalie Michael Neuvirth was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October after posting a 7-3 record with a 2.15 goals against average and .926 save percentage. He beat out teammate John Carlson, who contributed one goal and five assists from the Capitals' blue line, and a bunch of other youngsters. Fun fact: Neuvirth, 22, was the youngest Capitals goalie to start a season opener since Jim Carey back in 1996.

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The Capitals' crease could become crowded Wednesday as Semyon Varlamov is expected to return to practice, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. It's clear they've got to ride Neuvirth while he's hot, though.

The Caps, who trail the first-place Lightning by one point in the Southeast Division, host the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. The Bruins, who have already beaten the Caps twice this season, travel to D.C. on Friday.

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