The Washington Capitals have called up left-handed defenseman Nate Schmidt from Hershey and reassigned defenseman Connor Carrick and center Michael Latta to Hershey. Schmidt is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche. Carrick was sent down to Hershey to get more playing time and to further develop his skills. Latta was sent down for cap reasons (John Erskine is listed as day-to-day). The Capitals were considering calling up Dmitri Orlov, but Orlov has pink eye. Adam Oates has announced that Michal Neuvirth will be starting against the Avalanche, which is interesting because Semyon Varlamov will be in net for the Avalanche. The two used to be teammates in Washington, and competed fiercely for playing time. Varlamov was traded for a 1st round pick just before the 2011-2012 season.