October 21, 2020

Neuvirth doesn’t travel to Pittsburgh; Holtby recalled

The Washington Capitals recalled goalie Braden Holtby from AHL Hershey this morning in light of Michal Neuvirth not travelling with the team to Pittsburgh for tonight’s game against the Penguins.  Neuvirth is “day-to-day” with a lower body injury.

Braden Holtby during training camp (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The roster move probably signals a start for veteran Tomas Vokoun, who surrendered five goals on 28 shots in Monday night’s shootout win over Carolina.

According to reports from the morning skate in Pittsburgh, both Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Sidney Crosby (concussion symptoms) took the ice for the Penguins.  Crosby has been practicing with the team and apparently cleared for contact as he continues his recovery from concussion symptoms.  It’s unclear — and unlikely — that he will dress for tonight’s game so quickly after being cleared, but we’ll update as more information becomes available.

What is certain is that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wants the Capitals to think both Crosby and Malkin are possible for the game tonight, an interesting little piece of gamesmanship for the third game of the NHL season.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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