The talented defenseman, a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft and a fixture on the Capitals' blue line as a rookie last season, was officially recalled by the team from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Orlov will participate in practice Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh, where the Capitals will face the Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday night.
Orlov had three goals and 19 points in 60 games for the Capitals last season.
While playing in Hershey during the lockout, he suffered an upper-body injury in early December and missed over two months of action. He had a goal and 12 points in 22 AHL games this season.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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