When the Washington Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens today, it will be Michal Neuvirth getting the start in goal. The goalie had been considered day-to-day since leaving Washington’s practice on Monday with an injury, but the lower-body issue seems to have subsided enough for him to go against Montreal.
Looks like Michal Neuvirth gets the start vs Montreal.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) November 29, 2013
Neuvirth is firmly entrenched behind Braden Holtby as Washington’s No. 2 goalie, but could wrestle some starts away with a strong showing today. Holtby has taken three consecutive losses and was particularly bad against the Ottawa Senators on November 27. Granted the Capitals allowed 40 shots on goal, but the Senators cashed in on five of them.
So Washington will give Holtby a much-deserved rest today. He’s 10th in the NHL in minutes played, while this will be Neuvirth’s eighth start of the season.
Through seven contests, Neuvirth is 2-3-1 and sports a 2.83 GAA to go along with his .912 save percentage. His last start came a week ago against these same Canadiens, and he took a tough 3-2 loss. Washington hasn’t won since November 17 and is mired in a four-game losing streak at the moment.
The 12-11-2 Caps still sit in second in the Metropolitan Division despite the woes, however and a victory over the Habs coupled with a New York Rangers loss would boost Washington back into second place.