Capitals send Braden Holtby back to Hershey

March 5, 2012

Washington has reassigned goaltender Braden Holtby back to the AHL’s Hershey Bears, which means that Tomas Vokoun should be well enough to suit up for Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Vokoun missed two days of practice with a lower-body injury but after skating for roughly an hour on Monday, the veteran netminder said he was feeling better and hoped to be available soon.

Whether Vokoun is ready to play or simply able to serve as backup against the Hurricanes is unclear. Michal Neuvirth has made five consecutive starts, including 22 saves in Washington’s 1-0 loss to the Flyers on Sunday.

While he didn’t face an abundance of shots, Neuvirth’s performance against Philadelphia kept the Capitals in the tight game and it served as a bounce back after he allowed five goals on 20 shots to New Jersey on Friday.

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