PHILADELPHIA — Michal Neuvirth wasn’t feeling well a day after taking a puck to the mask in the Washington Capitals’ morning skate in Buffalo, so the team wasn’t going to take any chances with the goaltender.
“We’re going to take precautions,” coach Adam Oates said Sunday morning. “He doesn’t feel great. The medical guys will handle what we’re supposed to do.”
The 21-year-old Gruabuer was recalled using a goaltender roster exemption.
It was the third time this season that Neuvirth had something get in the way of a scheduled start. He was supposed to play Feb. 27 at the Flyers and March 9 at the New York Islanders but was sick each time.
Neuvirth is 2-5-1 with a 2.99 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in 10 appearances this season.
Veteran defenseman John Erskine could return from an upper-body injury as soon as Tuesday at the Hurricanes, Oates said. Erskine has missed the past 12 games.
The Caps would need to make a roster move to activate Erskine off injured reserve for the Carolina game.
Rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek, activated off IR Saturday, is healthy and ready to go, according to Oates. But he did not play Sunday night as Oates cited balance for keeping Jeff Schultz and Steve Oleksy in the lineup.
Volpatti in, Wolski out