Neuvirth suffers injury pregame, Holtby steps in for Caps

Neuvirth suffers injury pregame, Holtby steps in for Caps
November 29, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Michal Neuvirth hurt in pre-game warmups

Braden Holtby will start for the Capitals against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night after original starter Michael Neuvirth left the ice during pregame warmups with an apparent lower body injury. 

Neuvirth was set to spell Holtby, the primary netminder, as the team is playing the first of a back-to-back. Prior to the game while taking warmup shots Neuvirth suffered an injury and was helped off the ice into the locker room. He appeared to tweak something approximately 30 minutes before the puck was set to drop.

Neuvirth, 25, was scheduled to make his eighth appearance this season and his first in a week since seeing the same Canadiens team on Nov. 22 in Washington.

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Holtby will make his 21st appearance of 2013-14 and his first against Montreal. The 24-year-old is 10-8 with a .922 save percentage and 2.73 goals-against average this season.

Neuvirth also left Capitals practice earlier in the week with a lower body injury. It is not clear yet whether the two are related.

Capitals video coach Brett 'Stretch' Leonhardt has been added to the roster in Neuvirth's place. He will be Holtby's backup if necessary. Leonhardt filled the same role for a game in December of 2008.