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Caps start Neuvirth for first time since Nov. 22

Jan 10, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals will turn to Michal Neuvirth in net against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, his first start since Nov. 22.

The 25-year-old’s agent made noise in asking for a trade, but the Caps haven’t found any takers, particularly in a tough trade market. Tonight could be a chance for the goalie to get back into the mix, whether it means putting the heat on Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby in Washington or increasing his value in the minds of other GMs around the league.

Capitals head coach Adam Oates had a fairly terse explanation for Neuvirth’s start, as reports.

“It’s his turn,” Oates said. “He hasn’t played for a long time. His turn.”

Does that mean Holtby’s turn will come next? He’s backing up Neuvirth tonight while Grubauer is a healthy scratch, but Oates wouldn’t elaborate.

Washington has only won two of its last eight games, so maybe Oates is simply hoping that Neuvirth will run with the ball for a little while?

  1. ovechcant - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    This was the best back to back set if games the caps have put together. Nuevy is a great technical goaltender. Never loses his net and squares to the shooter as well as anyone. The defense did a great job limiting odd man breaks. They did all the things needed to win a hockey game in January. Time will tell if their unprofessional ways will surface again.

  2. stunzeed5 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Ovechcant…..great post!

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