Michal Neuvirth skated solo Monday as goaltending coach Dave Prior said the injured goaltender was not ready to practice with the Washington Capitals. But general manager George McPhee said Neuvirth would be on ice Wednesday with teammates.
Neuvirth was on the ice as the Caps stepped on for practice and he took some shots. But just about 10 minutes in, he took a seat on the bench with Prior. He was back on the ice soon after.
“I’m feeling better. It wasn’t good enough today, but it’s day-to-day. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Neuvirth said in a brief meeting with reporters afterward. “You’ve got to go through the pain sometimes, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Asked if he thought he could play at some point during the Caps’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins, the 24-year-old’s response was not encouraging.
“I think so. I don’t know. I don’t have the answer,” he said.
Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin were also on the ice for practice.
Alexander Semin took part Tuesday, going back on the second line with Jason Chimera and Nicklas Backstrom after a maintenance day off. Judging by line rushes Monday, it appears Mike Knuble will be one of the healthy scratch forwards.
Here’s a look at the lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Marcus Johansson
Keith Aucoin - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward - Mike Knuble / Cody Eakin / Jeff Halpern
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Jeff Schultz - Dennis Wideman
John Erskine - Dmitry Orlov