Michal Neuvirth did not take part in Capitals' practice at RBC Center this afternoon but Coach Bruce Boudreau said it was more a precautionary move and the goaltender "should be fine for tomorrow according to [Washington's] training staff."
Wednesday morning we should know for sure if Neuvirth will be ready to go after tweaking a lower body part in the morning skate at New Jersey on Monday and if either Semyon Varlamov or Braden Holtby will be sent to the Hershey Bears.
>> Mike Green skated and said he's "not feeling good" and that it's something that has bothered him in the past but wouldn't elaborate on what forced him to miss the second half of the third period Monday. Boudreau said he expects Green will play against Carolina and that "the strength and everything is there; he's sore." Green said he had "no idea" if he would play Wednesday.
>> The other player on the trip who did not take part in practice was Tyler Sloan, and Boudreau said that the defenseman probably won't play against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night here.
Tom Poti is "real close" to returning according to Boudreau so he may be in the mix, but the Capitals could always choose to recall a defenseman or perhaps even play Brooks Laich on the blue line like they did in practice today. Although, Boudreau didn't make the last option listed seem like much more than a practice session move.
"When we wanted to have practice the only thought process that I had was making sure we had at least 12 forwards and six defensemen, so we could do the drills properly," Boudreau said. "And Mike [Green], we didn't know if he was going to go out and practice or what so we put Brooksie there as a precautionary thing which would have made the six D and the 12 forwards."
>> A few folks have asked about Mike Knuble's status. Knuble isn't on this trip after he took a puck to the face against Atlanta last Friday.