While it’s still possible that Michal Neuvirth could play against the Pittsburgh Penguins despite missing Wednesday’s practice with a lower-body injury, Tomas Vokoun is ready to bounce back from his lackluster debut as a Capital whenever he gets the chance.
Vokoun did not say whether he expected to face the Penguins in net Thursday, though, even with Neuvirth’s absence at practice.
“I’m preparing for when they tell me to play, I’ll play and vice versa,” Vokoun said. “You’re preparing even if you don’t play. Nothing changes for me.
“It’s a long season. I’m just working myself into feeling comfortable here and feeling comfortable with new people and new teammates and everything,” Vokoun said. “I’m doing the best that I can and next game, whenever that game is going to be. It’s another chance for me to improve.”
Vokoun has appeared in 23 games against the Penguins during his career with a 7-9-6 record, .923 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average.
While Vokoun said he likes being able to get in a game quickly after a poor performance, the 35-year-old won’t be fazed regardless of when the next start comes.
“It certainly makes it easier,” Vokoun said of playing again soon after a bad game. “But you know what, you’re going to get through your career, you’re going to get thrown every possible obstacle there is. You have to be able to do both. If you play [in the] next game, you play; if you don’t, you don’t play.”