The ink was barely dry on the scoresheet after Michal Neuvirth whitewashed the surging New Jersey Devils when Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau announced that Semyon Varlamov would get his shot at becoming Washington's goalie for the playoffs. Assuming Varlamov's health is not an issue when he returns, should he beat out Neuvirth and Braden Holtby as the starter for the second season? Playoff goalies need to perform in the clutch. That means holding the lead when they have it, giving their team a chance to win if they don't and making sure the easy goals don't hit the twine. I broke down the scoring chance save percentages of the young trio in different clutch situations at even strength to see if one of them emerged as the potential front runner. Why just scoring chances? They are the toughest shots a goalie can face and have the best chances of hitting the twine overall.
If healthy, Semyon Varlamov gives Capitals the best chance
Washington Post | Mar 22