Michal Neuvirth will not travel with Caps after pregame injury

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Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth will not travel with the team to New York to play the Islanders after suffering an injury during pregame warmups on Friday night, coach Adam Oates said. The netminder does not have a timetable to return.

Neuvirth was scheduled to start before a lower body injury forced Braden Holtby to fill in last minute. Oates described what happened after the team’s 3-2 shootout win against Montreal.

“My understanding is he stood on a puck,” Oates said. “As he first came out the lights came on and he went out and stepped on a puck. He got a lower body injury.”

Oates does not believe it is serious, but that Neuvirth will have an MRI on Saturday.

“I don’t think so. I hope not. I wasn’t told that it was.”

Neuvirth has played in seven games so far this season and holds a 2.83 goals-against average on 215 shots faced. The 25-year-old last played on Nov. 22 against the same Canadiens.

The Capitals will call up a goaltender from Hershey for Saturday’s game, but Oates did not know yet who would be heading to Washington. For Friday’s game the Caps dressed video coach Brett ‘Stretch’ Leonhardt as their emergency backup. As a former college netminder, he served in the same role for the Caps in December of 2008.

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