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Caps coach on Neuvirth’s status: “We don’t know yet”

Apr 6, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

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Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth will see a doctor this afternoon after suffering a lower-body injury that forced him to leave last night’s Washington-Florida game.

When asked about Neuvirth’s status, Capitals coach Dale Hunter could only say, “We don’t know yet.”

If Neuvirth isn’t ready for the start of the playoffs, 22-year-old rookie Braden Holtby is likely to be the man between the pipes. Washington’s other goalie, Tomas Vokoun, is considered “day to day,” but it doesn’t sound like he’s close to returning from a groin injury.

Holtby (2.79 GAA, .910 SV%) has been decent in six appearances for the Caps.

“I think Braden is a very calm and composed kid,” Brooks Laich said today, as per “He’s come in at tough times in the past. He’s been caught up in a numbers game [behind Vokoun and Neuvirth] but I think he’s an NHL goalie and now you’re going to see him. We feel entirely confident.”

  1. movinonyoleft - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Calm and composed is a great description for Braden. I’m actually kind of excited to see him starting for a while, although I wish the Vokoun and Neuvirth were healthy too.

    • rg3isvictory - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      I agree, especially if it forces the Caps to stick with one guy!

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    as long as he doesn’t force the puck behind the play too much and stays in net and maybe gets that glove up alil more, the kid has a lot of potential. also if he gets help up front, saturday is a nice tester and a good way to set a tempo. but the real show starts 4/11 or 4/12, i just hope all these shenanigans pay off in the long run and help over come the tough times, GO CAPS!

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