Michal Neuvirth ill; Braden Holtby to face Jets


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For the second time this season, Michal Neuvirth will be unable to make a scheduled start.

Neuvirth was supposed to make his fourth-consecutive start Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets but is sick, prompting the Capitals to make a late switch and go with Braden Holtby instead.

This marks Holtby’s first start since Jan. 30 at Columbus where he allowed five goals on 29 shots in Washington’s 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Following the morning skate, Neuvirth had a bad cough and generally looked under the weather but asked about the 25-year-old’s health Coach Adam Oates said he wasn’t aware that the goaltender was ill.

Back on Nov. 29, Neuvirth was scheduled to start against the Montreal Canadiens but stepped on a puck as he came out for warmups and injured his right ankle. That resulted in the recall of Philipp Grubauer, which led to the creation of Washington’s three-man goaltending depth chart and all the drama that went with it.

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