Tomas Vokoun just returned to skating Monday after a couple days away, so it’s reasonable that he wouldn’t be ready to go when the Washington Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
So it will again be Michal Neuvirth, making his sixth straight start.
“He’s been good. The one game [against New Jersey] kind of got away,” coach Dale Hunter said. “But the last game against Philly he was solid and they scored off a deflection, so he gets the start again.”
Neuvirth has a 2.20 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his five straight starts. He allowed five goals on 20 shots against the Devils and just one goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Vokoun got extra work after the morning skate with healthy scratches Mike Knuble, Roman Hamrlik, John Erskine and the assistant coaches.
“He had two good practices now, so he’ll be ready to go from now on,” Hunter said of Vokoun. “He’s 100 percent now. Just wanted to get him practice time because he was off for two, three days.”