The Washington Capitals were on ice Friday for a practice following clinching a playoff berth during their game against the Panthers Thursday night. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex as the Caps prepare for Saturday's game at Madison Square Garden:
Michal Neuvirth, who suffered a lower body injury in the second period of Thursday's win, was not on the ice for practice. According to Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner, who cited a league source, Neuvirth will have an MRI on Friday afternoon, at which time more will be known about his status for the playoffs. As a result of his injury, PR director Sergey Kocharov served as the Caps' second goalie along with Braden Holtby. Dale Hunter also provided an update on Tomas Vokoun, noting that he is still day to day and will not try skating for the forseeable future.
Troy Brouwer also missed his second consecutive practice with what was termed a "maintenance day," but it is obvious at this point that he is nursing an injury. Mike Green was also absent because of an illness. For now, both players are expected to play in New York Saturday. The lines were as follows: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Beagle, Aucoin-Halpern-Knuble, and Ward-Eakin.
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Information from Steve Whyno was used in this post.