Neuvy not feeling well, Caps recall Grubauer

Neuvy not feeling well, Caps recall Grubauer
March 31, 2013, 3:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Neuvirth can’t catch a break.

For the third time this season the Capitals’ 25-year-old goaltender will miss a scheduled start tonight when the Caps visit the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Braden Hpltby will get his eighth straight start because, according to Caps coach Adam Oates, Neuvirth “doesn’t feel great’” after taking a puck to the mask Saturday morning in Buffalo.

The Caps were conducting their morning skate in Buffalo when Alex Ovechkin caught Neuvirth in the chin with a hard, high shot. The shot was hard enough to knock Neuvirth’s mask off his head.

“We’re going to take precautions,” Pates told reporters on Sunday morning. “He doesn’t feel great. The medical guys will handle what we’re supposed to do.”

The Caps are not calling Neuvirth’s injury a concussion but they were concerned enough recall Philipp Grubauer and dress him as a backup to Hotlby, who faced 23 shots in Saturday nght’s 4-3 shootout win over the Sabres.

“[Neuvirth] is probably OK,” Oates said, “But if something bad happens we don’t want to put him in the net if he’s not a hundred percent.”

Grubauer, 21, made his NHL debut on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia, stopping all 14 shots he faced in 25:05 of ice time. In his first NHL start, he made 40 saves against the New York Islanders on March 9. Neuvirth sat out both games with the flu.

With Hershey, Grubauer has posted a record of 11-6-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and two shutouts.

Roster shuffle: Aaron Volpatti will go back in the lineup in place of Wojtek Wolski. Volpatti has not played since March 16 against the Bruins.