For just the fifth time this season, Michal Neuvirth will start for the Washington Capitals. They’ll take on the Montreal Canadiens, who have struggled to string together wins lately, but are coming off of a big 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Neuvirth has taken a backseat to Braden Holtby by and large so far in the 2013-14 season. Holtby has appeared in 18 contests, while the clear backup has only seen action in four games.
He’ll get the nod against the Habs though, and this is a team that he’s had a lot of success with throughout his career.
Michal Neuvirth is the first goalie off the ice this morning. Looks like he’ll start vs Habs.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) November 22, 2013
Katie Carrera broke down Neuvirth’s record against Montreal earlier this morning:
He’s had success against Montreal over the course of his career, going 5-2 with a .926 save percentage and 2.14 goals against average.
Washington has been one of the hotter teams in the NHL as of late, and has shot up the standings by winning seven of their last 10. They were shutout 4-0 in their last outing of the season though, and will be looking to get back on track against an inconsistent Canadiens team.