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No backup duty vs. Red Wings for Michal Neuvirth

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Friday represented apparent progress for Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth as he tries to work back from a bruised right foot. Still, as Neuvirth said he’s feeling “better,” and coach Bruce Boudreau talked about the idea of playing him next week at Edmonton or Vancouver, there was doubt he’d be ready to back-up Saturday against the Red Wings.

Saturday that doubt appeared to remain, as Dany Sabourin was the second goalie at the morning skate with starter Tomas Vokoun. Neuvirth jumped on later to get extra work.

Boudreau confirmed that Sabourin would back-up against Detroit but offered more positivity about Neuvirth.

“He should be ready to practice and he’s going on the trip with us,” Boudreau said. “He should be ready for next week.”

The skate is optional, and Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Dennis Wideman did not participate. Boudreau said nothing was wrong with any of those players.

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