Tomas Vokoun will be the first to tell you that this season has not gone as smoothly as he would have liked.

But as the Washington Capitals round the midpoint of the 2011-12 season, Vokoun appears to have settled into the No. 1 goaltending spot that he was expected to hold from the moment he signed here as a free agent in July.

The veteran netminder is expected to make a ninth straight start on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center, which would tie his longest string of consecutive games this season. Over the eight previous games, Vokoun has stopped 224 of the 240 shots he's faced, good for a .933 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average, while anchoring the Capitals to a 6-2 record in that span.