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Neuvirth to start versus Leafs as Holtby’s frustration grows

Feb 5, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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Michal Neuvirth will be back in Washington’s goal tonight at home to the Maple Leafs as the Capitals (2-6-1) look to bounce back from Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Penguins.

Neuvirth (1-3-1-, .899 SV%) will replace Braden Holtby, who started the last two games and has surrendered 18 goals in four appearances this season.

“It’s hard not to get frustrated with the results,” said Holtby, per “I don’t remember any stretch in my career that so many goals have gone in that I feel I played them right. It’s a weird time and I believe in the process and that everything evens out.”

The Caps are surrendering 3.67 goals per game, tied for third worst in the NHL. And while it’s not all on the goaltenders, some of it is. Neuvirth and Holtby have combined for a .881 save percentage, the third lowest in the NHL, ahead of only Calgary (.853) and Winnipeg (.872).

Ben Scrivens is expected to get the nod in Toronto’s net after five straight James Reimer starts.

  1. elvispocomo - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    They’ll have to see some stand up performances from their goalies to give them a bit more confidence since they’re having so much trouble all over, if neither start to right the ship (along with the rest of the team) in the next 10 games then they may have something to worry about.

  2. sabatimus - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Holtby feels he played those games right? I don’t understand how he can possibly believe that, given the absurd number of softies he’s given up this season.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      But…But… he FELT like he played them right. I thought we were supposed to listen to our feelings these days.

  3. mp1113 - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Holtby has been terrible. Neuvy has been good and great at times. The team just needs to stop taking so many penalties and letting in softies

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