The Capitals have recalled goaltender Dany Sabourin from the Hershey Bears Saturday, presumably because Michal Neuvirth isn’t healthy enough to serve as back-up tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
Neuvirth did not take part in the regular morning skate at KCI but did head out to the ice to take shots as those players expected to face the Senators were headed to the dressing room.
Neuvirth was on the ice for over an hour, working with goaltending coach Dave Prior, but was not made available to reporters after the workout.
Neuvirth appeared limited when moving laterally, but Coach Bruce Boudreau insists that the 23-year-old’s condition is not worsening. Neuvirth did not skate the three previous days with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
“It’s just his first time on the ice, that’s all it is,” Boudreau said. “He’s taking it slow.”
Neuvirth is not on the ice for Washington’s morning skate at KCI, making this the fourth straight day that the 23-year-old Czech has missed practice with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Boudreau said Friday that the plan was for Braden Holtby, who backed up in Pittsburgh, to start for the Bears in Hershey Saturday night. It’s likely that the Capitals would rather Holtby see game time, even in the AHL, rather than sit on the bench for long stretches of time.
Jay Beagle, who has not practiced since being injured in a fight with Arron Asham, is the only other player not on the ice for the morning skate.