Lower-body injury knocks goalie Neuvirth out of practice
Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth experienced tightness in his lower-body injury during a drill 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 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 — was 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 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 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.”
— with the Single-A Beloit Snappers in 2013.
The year before Wooten spent most of the season with Vermont of the New York-Penn League where he hit .286 with four homers and 38 RBI in 67 games.
He is considered a mid-level prospect with good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and power potential.
Abad leaves the Nationals after just one year in the organization. The Nats signed him as a free agent Nov. 19, 2012 and saw him play a larger role than first expected.
Abad appeared in 39 games with Washington in 2013 due to a lack of lefty relief pitchers in their system. He finished with a 3.35 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 37 2⁄3 innings.
The 27-year-old Abad will move on looking for his third MLB team in three years. He pitched for the Houston Astros from 2010 to 2012.