The Washington Capitals will be forced to call up a goaltender from the AHL now, as Michal Neuvirth left practice this morning with a lower-body injury. While the severity and nature of the issue isn’t clear at this time and a timetable is not known, the Capitals have made it known that the goalie should be considered day-to-day for now.
#Caps G Michal Neuvirth left today’s practice with a lower body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) November 25, 2013
This isn’t a massive blow to the Capitals, who have been rolling with Braden Holtby with a high level of consistency. Neuvirth has only seen action in seven games this year, and is 43rd in the NHL is minutes played. The injury could leave Washington in a bit of a jam this weekend though.
While the squad has a lighter week, they do have back-to-back games coming up. On Friday, the Caps are set to take on the Montreal Canadiens at home before traveling to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders. If Neuvirth is unable to play in a few days, Holtby could get both starts.
The contest against Montreal begins a bit earlier than usual (5:00 pm ET), so that could give the goalie enough time to rest up before taking on the Islanders. It could be an interesting few days for the Caps if Neuvirth can’t go sooner rather than later.