Nothing has yet been confirmed by the Washington Capitals; however, it appears that goalie Michal Neuvirth did not suffer a concussion after being hit directly in the helmet by a shot from captain, Alex Ovechkin, during this past Saturday’s morning skate.
Just a day after being recalled by the Capitals and backing up Braden Holtby against the Philadelphia Flyers, AHL goalie Philipp Grubauer was reassigned to the Hershey Bears earlier this afternoon. Grubauer was called up from Washington’s AHL affiliate after Neuvirth was not feeling well from being hit in the helmet, complaining of a sore jaw and teeth.
The Capitals had planned to start Neuvirth on Sunday against the Flyers. This was the third time that he was scheduled to start but didn’t due to injury or illness including against Philadelphia once before. It may not seem like a big deal; however, it may be difficult for Holtby to so quickly change his mindset after thinking he was to have a break in playing and could’ve easily played a small role in the 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Although it’s not known whether he will be the starting net minder or backing up Holtby, Neuvirth will apparently dress tomorrow night when the Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 pm (est).