The Washington Times - October 14, 2011, 12:07PM

Another day, another Capitals practice without Michal Neuvirth on the ice. Again, media relations director Sergey Kocharov donned the pads to be the second goalie.

But coach Bruce Boudreau was optimistic when addressing Neuvirth’s lower-body injury.

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“He’s getting better,” Boudreau said. “From all accounts is he should be on the ice [Saturday] practicing.”

Friday morning the Caps sent Braden Holtby down to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. The plan, Boudreau said, was for him to play Saturday night in Hershey.

Naturally, that could change, especially because Boudreau did not know if Neuvirth would be fit to back-up Tomas Vokoun against the Senators on Saturday night.

We expect him to be on the ice practicing, because Sergey had some holes in his game today,” Boudreau said with a smile.

Boudreau said this was not just a paper transaction for the Caps to save money with Holtby in the minors. But if Neuvirth isn’t able to serve as the backup vs. Ottawa, Holtby could have a quick trip back - or the team could call up Dany Sabourin.