The last thing the Washington Capitals can probably afford down the stretch is another injury, especially to one of their goaltenders. But that’s what they are dealing with now.
Tomas Vokoun missed Saturday’s practice and was listed as “day-to-day” with a lower-body injury, a team spokesman confirmed in an email.
Vokoun has not played since Feb. 22 in Ottawa, when he was yanked after allowing four goals on 11 shots in just over 32 minutes.
Michal Neuvirth started the past four straight games, with his streak of wins ending with a 5-0 thud against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Verizon Center.
Coach Dale Hunter said he didn’t consider replacing Neuvirth, a victim of turnovers and more, with Vokoun.
“No, I wanted Neuvy to battle through it,” he said Friday night after the game. “He didn’t have a great start so I wanted him to battle through it.”
Vokoun being hurt lends another possible explanation to why Neuvirth was not lifted from the loss.
As of Saturday morning, there were no call-ups announced. The Caps host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.
Quotes gathered by staff writer Rich Campbell, who covered Friday night’s game.