The Washington Times - March 16, 2012, 02:18PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba | Tomas Vokoun hasn’t been great on the road this season, but, to be fair, neither have the Washington Capitals across the board.

In a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sort of business, though, Vokoun’s last road performance at the Boston Bruins was impressive. And sure good enough to earn the veteran a huge start Friday night at the Winnipeg Jets.


He had a good game in Boston, so we thought he’s been good for us and he’s a veteran and he knows what to go out there,” coach Dale Hunter said.

Vokoun has been dealing with a lower-body injury that is believed to be his groin. Michal Neuvirth started the past two games, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders, but Vokoun is ready to go.

Obviously I was battling injury and it feels good enough,” Vokoun said. “It’s nice to get back in there.”

With injuries like that, there’s a worry about hesitating and not being totally confident in movements, especially side-to-side for goaltenders. The 35-year-old, who is 8-11-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .904 save percentage on the road this season, doesn’t sound too worried about it.

You know what, it’s matter of obviously feeling good enough to play,” Vokoun said. “And when they put you in lineup, they put you in lineup. When they don’t, then they don’t. It’s been kind of nagging, but it feels good now and hopefully it’s going to stay that way.”


Neuvirth spent a lot of time after Friday’s morning skate at MTS Centre working with associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig. … Ondrej Pavelec starts in goal for the Jets.