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Panthers Vs. Capitals: Michal Neuvirth To Start, Alex Semin's Status Uncertain

The Florida Panthers had been promoting the return of Tomas Vokoun in an effort to hype their game against the Washington Capitals Monday, but much to their chagrin, Michal Neuvirth will start in goal for the Caps, according to The Washington Post's Tarik El-Bashir.

Neuvirth made 32 saves in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators, so when asked why he would receive the start despite Vokoun's homecoming, head coach Dale Hunter said that it was nothing more than a simple decision:

"It's just a choice; there's not much to explain," Hunter said. "Me and Dave Prior talked about it and thought it was a good way to go."

Meanwhile, Alexander Semin took part in morning skate and Hunter said Semin is "ready to go," but which forward will sit will be a game-time decision.

For more on Monday's game, follow this StoryStream throughout the day. For more on the Caps, visit SB Nation's Caps blog, Japers' Rink.