The Washington Capitals have placed goaltender Michal Neuvirth on the IR, retroactive to November 29. He was scheduled to start against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night, but stepped on a puck when he came out onto the ice for warm-ups. That forced Braden Holtby into an unscheduled start, but the usual No. 1 stepped in and played incredibly well.
Katie Carrera of The Washington Post has the latest on Neuvirth’s situation:
Now that he’s on injured reserve, Neuvirth, 25, must miss a minimum of seven days. He will be eligible to return to the lineup Saturday when the Capitals host the Nashville Predators. It’s a fluky injury for Neuvirth, who was slated to start against Montreal but hasn’t skated with the team since he hobbled off the ice that day, unable to put weight on his right leg.
Philipp Grubauer will remain with the team then to back up Holtby, who has been among the busier netminders in the NHL this season as it is. The Capitals have a light schedule this week and have three days off between tomorrow’s contest with the Carolina Hurricanes and their Saturday night showdown with the Predators.
If Neuvirth isn’t available by this weekend, Grubauer could see his first start of the season as Washington plays consecutive games on Saturday and Sunday.