Another day, another member of the Capitals in COVID protocol. After center Nic Dowd was placed there yesterday, the team announced (Twitter link) that defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk has been added to COVID protocol and will not be available for tonight’s game against Columbus.
After having a limited role last season where he played in only 20 games, van Riemsdyk had played in all 24 games for Washington this season, notching seven assists while logging over 17 minutes per night on their third pairing. The 30-year-old is also tied for the team lead in shot blocks with 36. The team did not confirm whether van Riemsdyk has tested positive for the virus, but if he has and is experiencing any symptoms, he’ll be out for a minimum of ten days.
Washington has been carrying eight defensemen lately so they won’t need to call anyone up to take van Riemsdyk’s spot on the roster. Instead, it appears that veteran Matt Irwin will draw in for him tonight based on practice lines. Irwin signed with the Capitals in free agency over the summer but he has been a healthy scratch for every game so far.