Ailing goalie Michal Neuvirth did not participate in practice this morning at Kettler, nor did he make an appearance beforehand to stretch by himself or test his injury.

Neuvirth will be joining the team on its trip to Boston, though, according to a Capitals spokesman. Neuvirth did skate on Tuesday with his teammates for the first time since suffering an apparent left leg injury on April 5.

Goalie Tomas Vokoun did some light stretching and moved laterally between the pipes for roughly 20 minutes by himself as the maintenance crew worked on the ice for practice.

Vokoun, who is nursing a groin muscle strain, was on the ice for the second straight day, but he will not accompany the team to Boston, a Capitals spokesman said.

That leaves Braden Holtby as the de facto starter for Thursday night in Boston. It will be the first playoff start of Holtby’s career.

“I’m excited,” Holtby said. “This is the goal, to play in the playoffs and try your hardest to win the Stanley Cup. Obviously I don’t want to get too jacked up or anything. I’ve still a job to do. I still have to prepare the same way I have all year and just do the right things to be successful.”

Meantime, the Capitals used these lines during practice, which included Swedish center Mattias Sjogren, who was recalled on Tuesday:



Goal: Holtby, Dany Sabourin

In Bruins news, GM Peter Chiarelli announced forward Nathan Horton will be out for the duration of the playoffs with a concussion. The injury occurred on Jan. 22 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Horton has missed the last 36 games.