Bruce Boudreau hasn’t expressed much concern over Michal Neuvirth’s lower-body injury. The Capitals’ coach said it wasn’t related to the goaltender’s “tightness” from the preseason.
Each day, the forecast has been “day-to-day. Even Friday, Boudreau was optimistic.
“He’s getting better,” he said. “From all accounts is he should be on the ice [Saturday] practicing.”
Neuvirth was not on the ice for the morning skate but did get some work in later. Dany Sabourin was called up from Hershey to back-up Tomas Vokoun Saturday night against the Senators.
While Neuvirth looked to be moving gingery, Boudreau cautioned not to read too much into that.
“It’s his first time on the ice and that’s all it is – he’s taking it slow, the coach said.
Neuvirth skated for over an hour Saturday, working extensively with goaltending coach Dave Prior. He was not made available to speak to reporters after skating for the first time in four days.
Boudreau confirmed that Sabourin will be the backup vs. Ottawa.