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No Vokoun against former team, projected lineup

Wednesday, 02.01.2012 / 1:31 PM

By Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

SUNRISE, Fla. — Tomas Vokoun again won’t get the chance to play in the building he called home the past four years.

Washington coach Dale Hunter said after Wednesday’s optional morning skate that he would go with Michal Neuvirth against the Florida Panthers tonight.

Neuvirth also got the call when the Capitals played at the BankAtlantic Center on Dec. 5 in a game the Panthers won 5-4.

Vokoun, whose wife and two daughters still live in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland, did not attend the optional skate.

He did get to face his former team on Oct. 20 in Washington. He made 20 saves that night and recorded a 3-0 shutout.

Vokoun was in net for Washington on Tuesday night when the Capitals dropped a 4-3 overtime decision at Tampa Bay in the team’s first game back from the All-Star break.

“It’s tough coming off five days off and play back-to-back games,” Hunter said in explaining the decision to go with Neuvirth. “It’s a lot to ask.”

Here is the projected lineup:

Marcus Johansson - Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Jeff Halpern - Mike Knuble
Joel Ward - Cody Eakin - Joel Rechlicz

Karl Alzner - Dennis Wideman
Roman Hamrlik - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Jeff Schultz

Michal Neuvirth
Tomas Vokoun

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday