Tomas Vokoun practiced for roughly an hour Monday morning, including 20 minutes of solo work before formal practice began, and the veteran netminder said he is feeling better.
Vokoun missed two days of practice with a lower-body injury that he explained originally occurred 10 days ago, but then he aggravated it and was too sore to play.
“It’s not bad, I never let it go really bad, but after that practice it got really sore so they decided to keep me off for a couple days,” Vokoun said. “I feel pretty good, went on the ice — didn’t want to be there too long, feels better. We’ll see tomorrow.”
The 35-year-old netminder made it sound as though this lingering problem, which may be a groin issue, is something that he’s familiar with and knows how to handle. Asked if he knew when he might be ready for a game again, Vokoun said it would depend on how he felt Tuesday.
“Hopefully, if I feel good tomorrow, I’m available for whatever they want me to do, so we’ll see,” he said.
Coach Dale Hunter said the Capitals expected to make a decision later in the day on Monday as to whether Braden Holtby would remain with the team through Tuesday.
— Jeff Halpern played his lowest ice time of the season (7:30) against the Flyers on Sunday and skated just one shift (21 seconds long) in the third period. Turns out he had some leg tightness, but the veteran center is expected to be ready to play against Carolina.