DETROIT | Tomas Vokoun spent Sunday morning on a stationary bike, not even the ice. Monday morning wasn’t much better, as the Washington Capitals goaltender skated for only a few minutes before being forced off.
A groin injury he aggravated Friday night is nagging Vokoun, and now it seems like he and the Caps are taking a cautious approach.
“It wasn’t good enough to skate, but it’s better. I came back a little too early before. We just want to make sure now I don’t make it worse,” Vokoun said Monday at Joe Louis Arena. “You always worry about it, but you never know. I’m going to try to get good as fast as there’s possible.”
This is close to the worst possible timing for the Caps, who have 10 games left in their attempt to make the playoffs. With back-to-back games Sunday and Monday at Detroit and Chicago, coach Dale Hunter’s in a tough spot against the Red Wings choosing between Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby.
Holtby has just one NHL start this season and got lit up by the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 13. Asked if he’d consider Holtby at Detroit, Hunter said: “It’s one of those things, it’s out there, but you’ve got to be careful this time of year.”
Vokoun is being careful, especially considering this has been bothering him for a few weeks. He has played three games since it flared up, but it’s not looking like more game action is coming soon.
“I just want to make sure I don’t take one step forward and three back next time,” he said.
The 35-year-old has never had a groin problem before, making this an even more frustrating process.
“I don’t have any experience with that. I never had it. It’s unfortunate. You can’t control that stuff,” Vokoun said. “We are working on it and as soon as I feel it’s good enough to play.”