Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury that kept him from practicing Wednesday, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. But there is still a chance that the 23-year-old Czech will play in Pittsburgh Thursday.
“Right now, he’s got a lower-body injury that’s day-to-day,” Boudreau said. “He might be there tomorrow, we’ll see. Right now we’re just taking it cautiously.”
If Neuvirth takes the skate in Pittsburgh, Boudreau said there’s a “good chance” he’ll face the Penguins.
Boudreau said that the Capitals don’t know “at this stage” if they will recall a goaltender from the American Hockey League, but added that they should have a better idea Wednesday afternoon. Tomas Vokoun did not say whether he expected to play against the Penguins.
Given Neuvirth’s track record for success against Pittsburgh during his rookie season — he has an active shutout streak 144:43 long against the Penguins dating back to the 2010-11 season — he may have been the likely starter on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.
Asked if Neuvirth’s injury forced him to change the plan for who would start against the Penguins, Bouudreau replied: “Right now we’re still not changing plans. We’ll see. He just wasn’t able to practice today”
In three appearances against the Penguins last season, Neuvirth recorded a pair of shutouts with a 0.65 goals-against average and .977 save percentage.