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Michal Neuvirth will be in Washington’s net for Game 1

Apr 12, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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The knee-jerk reaction is to say that the Washington Capitals are weak in net, especially since they have two or even three* options for who should be the starting goalie. Yet if you look at the numbers, only four NHL teams allowed less goals than the Capitals’ did during the 2010-11 season.

Michal Neuvirth doesn’t have the win-loss record of oft-injured previous starter Semyon Varlamov nor does he have the outstanding (in a small sample) stats of Braden Holtby, but he’s been a rock for the Capitals all season long. For that reason — and perhaps also taking into account his success in the AHL playoffs — the team named him their Game 1 starter, according to Stephen Whyno and CSN Washington.

It is unclear how strong his hold on the No. 1 job might be, though. Does Neuvirth need to look over his shoulder if he has an off game, or will Bruce Boudreau let him roll with the punches a bit? It’s an interesting situation to watch, and although it’s true that their goalies aren’t established like those of other teams, count me among the people who think that it could actually be a position of strength.

* – Depending on how you feel about Braden Holtby.

  1. Panda Claus - Apr 12, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Most other teams would love this kind of “weakness”. The biggest drawback with three young [good] goalies is guessing which one will most likely develop into a true stopper. The last thing you want to be known for is trading the wrong guy away. Eventually one of these guys will have to be traded, but not for at least another year.

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    caps fans are ridiculous. check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgl-nyg4Obg

  3. gocaps8 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Video sucks. Caps don’t.

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