Michal Neuvirth was the Washington Capitals' starting goaltender in the playoffs last season, and this year's No. 1, Tomas Vokoun, was out with the flu. So as the only healthy goalie around, Neuvirth figured he'd start Monday night against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Caps called up Braden Holtby from the minors and gave him a start, dealing another blow to the 23-year-old Neuvirth in a season during which he is already struggling with subpar stats. Coach Dale Hunter's blunt answer when asked about Neuvirth's confidence said it all.