Jan 10, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT
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 CSNWashington.com 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?
Apr 19, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
He’s been out since March 29 with a knee injury.
Apr 19, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT
He’s missed three games with an upper-body injury.
Apr 19, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
The Blackhawks look to head home with a split.
Apr 19, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT
He’s aiming to return for Game 3 on Tuesday.
Apr 19, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT
He avoided a suspension for the act.
Apr 19, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT
He’s been out since April 3.
Apr 19, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT
A fine may be in his future.
Apr 19, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT
He missed Game 2 with an injury.
Apr 19, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT
Pulling the goalie with three minutes went over very well.
Apr 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT
Holding a lead is hard to do in the playoffs.
Apr 19, 2014, 1:57 AM EDT
“We should have been 5-on-3.”
Apr 19, 2014, 1:29 AM EDT
Ryan Getzlaf, Frederik Andersen and Corey Perry “are winning that battle,” he said.
Apr 19, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT
Eventful last few days for the captain.
Apr 18, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT
“It was one individual effort that made the difference today.”
Apr 18, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT
Apr 18, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT
Bolts just needed a spark, he explained.
Apr 18, 2014, 10:27 PM EDT
There was no penalty on the play.
Apr 18, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT
Jimmy Howard had a shutout in the goaltending duel.
Apr 18, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT
Can Dallas build on its late-game momentum?
Apr 18, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT
Game 3 will be played in Montreal.
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