The Washington Times - October 12, 2011, 12:51PM

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth wasn’t on the ice for Capitals practice Wednesday, replaced in net by director of media relations Sergey Kocharov.

“Right now he’s got a lower-body injury that is day-to-day,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He might be there tomorrow. We’ll see. But right now we’re taking it cautiously and he’s day-to-day.”

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Boudreau said he didn’t know “at this stage” whether the Caps would recall a goalie - either Braden Holtby or Dany Sabourin - from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. The coach said the team will know more about Neuvirth’s condition this afternoon but denied that it was related to the “tightness” the goalie suffered in the preseason.

Neuvirth figured to start at the Penguins Thursday because he currently has a 144:43 shutout streak against Pittsburgh. Tomas Vokoun did not confirm or deny that he was starting, and Boudreau said the injury to Neuvirth hasn’t set anything into motion yet.

“Right now we’re still not changing plans,” Boudreau said. “We’ll see he wasn’t able to practice today.”

Asked if Neuvirth could play if he skates at Consol Energy Center Thursday, Boudreau said “Good chance that he’ll play.”