Washington Capitals net minder Michal Neuvirth took the ice this morning for some practice time. Neuvirth was on ice for about 15 minutes with goal tending coach David Prior. However, Neuvirth reportedly did not look all that comfortable. Early indications point to a possible groin or hip injury. Neuivirth has not played since leaving the April 5th game against Florida early because of injury.
It also does not appear that Tomas Vokoun is anywhere close to a return. That leaves, at least for now, the Capitals leaning to rookie net minder Braden Holtby to likely open the first round series with the Boston Bruins. Holtby helped lead the Capitals. Holtby helped lead Washington to two wins to close out the regular season, 4-2 over Florida Panthers and 4-1 over the New York Rangers. Against the Rangers on Saturday, Holtby stopped 35 of 36 shots to lead the Caps to a regular season closing win.
On the season, Holtby is 4-2-1 with a 2.50 GAA and a .922 save percentage. In his short NHL career thus far, Holtby is 14-4-3 with a GAA of 2.02 and a save percentage of .929. Not bad for the kid!
Likely in response to Neuvirth's short 15 minutes of ice time today, the Capitals have recalled Dany Sabourin from Hershey. Sabourin last played an NHL game in 2009 for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sabourin has had a fine season with the Hershey Bears, helping lead Hershey to the AHL playoffs. In 37 games at Hershey, Sabourin is 18-12-5 with a 2.76 GAA and a save percentage of .909.