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.

Caps in Advance: Week 2

Coming off a closer-than-comfortable OT win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night, the Caps look to continue their winning ways during the first full week of the regular seasons. Three games are on tap…

Games this week:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 V. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
7:00 pm, Verizon Center
TV: Versus, CSN-DC

Records:
Washington Capitals: 1-0-0
Tampa Bay Lightning: 1-1-0
Season Series: 0-0-0 [Read more…]

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