Caps top 5 plays of the week: 11.25.13
Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth experienced some tightness in his lower-body injury during a drill on Monday and left the ice after about 15 minutes.
Caps coach Adam Oates said he does not consider Neuvirth's injury serious and that he expects him to be back on the ice on Tuesday.
After a five-minute warmup the Capitals were about 10 minutes into a spirited 3-on-none drill between Team White and Team Blue when Neuvirth left the ice.
Each goalie – Braden Holtby and Neuvirth – were facing three shooters at a time at either end of the rink. As soon as a threesome scored, they were replaced by three more teammates.
In seven appearances this season Neuvirth, 25, has a 2-3-1 record with a 2.83 GAA and .912 save percentage.
With Neuvirth sidelined, the Capitals may need to decide between Hershey Bears goalies Philipp Grubauer [4-4-0] and David Leggio [2-4-1]. The Caps and Bears play on Wednesday night, with the Caps hosting the Ottawa Senators and the Bears hosting the St. John’s IceCaps.
Oates said that with three days off between games he wanted to change things up with a spirited practice and a conditioning skate afterward. He noted that the Caps responded well on Saturday in Toronto after their 3-2 home loss to Montreal on Friday night.
"We had 101 attempts [against Toronto] and that's the most in the league by any team on any given night," he said. "I really challenged the guys in the morning [on Saturday] to be better from the Montreal game and I thought there was a good response. I just felt today would be a good sweat and incorporate some fun."