Michal Neuvirth is taking shots from the Capitals’ forwards this morning, which means he will get the nod in net Friday night against the Hurricanes.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he doesn’t pay too much attention to Neuvirth’s previous success against Carolina — he’s 2-1-0 with a .911 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average versus the Hurricanes — but that he does take note of Tomas Vokoun’s lack thereof. Vokoun is 12-10-5 in his career against Carolina with a .915 save percentage and 2.81 goals-against but last year he went 0-2 in three starts with a .867 save percentage and 4.66 goals-against.
“I pay attention to Vokoun’s lack of it more than Michal’s success,” Boudreau said. “Quite frankly, I know Tomas didn’t have very good success against them last year, so that’s why — if we want to get back to it — why he didn’t start game one and why he’s not starting the game now.”
Both Troy Brouwer (right shoulder) and Mike Green (twisted right ankle) are on the ice for the Capitals’ morning skate here at RBC Center in Raleigh, but Boudreau was cagey when asked about the status of either.
Green was still limping when I saw him walk out to the rink from the Capitals’ dressing room and it’s probably still unlikely that he faces the Hurricanes given Boudreau’s comments from Thursday about wanting the defenseman to get a few practices in before jumping back in the lineup.
Brouwer, meanwhile, may be able to face Carolina. I should know more at the end of the morning skate, but earlier this week a team source said there was no structural damage to his right shoulder and that the winger should be able to participate this weekend.