Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been sworn to secrecy on whether hell make his first start since the season opener when the Caps visit the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night in Raleigh.
But he was the first goalie off the ice on Thursday and he does have an impressive history against the Hurricanes.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said hes likely to split his goaltenders when the Caps play back-to-back road games against the Hurricanes and Islanders Friday and Saturday nights.
Neuvirth sat out seven straight games while recovering from a bruised right foot suffered during warmups on Oct. 10. He returned to action Saturday night in Vancouver when he relieved Tomas Vokoun and allowed four goals in two periods.
I had a good practice today and Im ready to go, Neuvirth said. Im practicing well and I want to get back in the net and show Im back.
Neuvirth earned his first NHL shutout in Raleigh and has a 2-1 career record against the Hurricanes with a 2.64 GAA and .911 save percentage. He also beat them 4-3 in the season opener at the Verizon Center.
Ive had success against them and its good for my confidence, he said. Ill prepare the same either way.
Vokoun is 12-10-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .915 save percentage in his career against the Hurricanes.