Joel Ward will be back in the Capitals’ lineup against New York tonight, Coach Dale Hunter said.
Ward, who has been scratched in eight of the past nine contests, hasn’t played since March 22 at Philadelphia, when he took a puck off the foot. He has been a healthy scratch, though, for at least the past four contests. Ward’s last goal came on Feb. 24 against Montreal but was an empty-net tally; the winger hasn’t scored with a goaltender in net in 35 games (Jan. 7 at San Jose).
With Ward’s addition to the lineup, Mike Knuble will sit out as a healthy scratch Hunter said.
In other news, Hunter didn’t offer much of an update on injured goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
“He’s just day to day,” Hunter said. “It’s not bad.”
Neuvirth suffered an apparent injury to his left leg on Thursday when Florida forward Marco Sturm fell on him in the crease. It’s unclear how much time 24-year-old Czech might miss.
Neuvirth did not make the trip to New York with the team but took part in an off-ice workout at KCI on Saturday, according to a team spokesman.
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