“Yes. I’m available. We’ll see what coaches decision they’re going to make,” Vokoun said after this morning’s practice. “But it was very good today. I had very good last two days. Two hard practices. We’ll see.”
Vokoun last played Mar. 16 when he aggravated a groin injury in Winnipeg. Since then, Michal Neuvirth and rookie Braden Holtby have shared the load, to varying degrees of success.
Suffice to say, in the wake of last night’s 5-1 home loss to the Sabres in which Holtby was pulled after surrendering three goals on 15 shots, coach Dale Hunter has a big decision to make.
“I wouldn’t play if I couldn’t,” said Vokoun. “If I felt like I wouldn’t be 100 percent out there I don’t want to hurt the guys playing at 90 percent. I feel like I can play 100 percent and hopefully give a good game and win the game.”
Also of note, Nicklas Backstrom is “close, close to playing,” but he won’t play in Boston. More on that from CSNWashington.com.
Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat