Capitals recall Michal Neuvirth from AHL assignment
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Michal Neuvirth from his conditioning loan (lower body injury) with the Hershey Bears today, according to Capitals Today.
The news announced by vice president and general manager George McPhee comes after Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Braden Holtby was in goal for the Capitals, allowing five goals for the third time this season and the seventh time he has allowed four or more goals.
Last season Holtby finished the shortened NHL season with a 23-12-1 record and started all seven post games for the Capitals before being eliminated by the New York Rangers in the quarter finals. Things have been slowly declining for the Washington netminder though, as he allowed three goals on eight shots in his last start on Dec. 10 against the Tampa Bay Lightning before being yanked from the job, just 11 minutes into the game.
Neuvirth, a two-time Calder Cup winner with Hershey, made 33 saves in the sole game he played with the Bears during his assignment in the AHL and has posted a 2-3-1 record with the Capitals in his seven appearances.
The 25-year-old Czech goalie has played 128 career NHL games with the Capitals, with a winning record of 57-38-12. Neuvirth has seven shutouts in that span.
Washington currently sits in second place in the inept Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes. The two teams are set to square off Friday night in Raleigh in the first of a set of back-to-back games which ends Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center.
In his career against Carolina, Neuvirth is 4-1-1 with a 2.57 GAA. There has been no confirmation who will be between the pipes on Friday for Washington.