As many suspected after Braden Holtby allowed six goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday afternoon, Capitals Coach Adam Oates will go with Michal Neuvirth in net Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. When Washington lost at Toronto, 3-2, last week, Neuvirth finished with 37 saves in a sloppy game for both teams. He has a 1-3-1 record this year, with a 2.97 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. “If I play, it will obviously be totally different game,” Neuvirth said Monday. “We’ve got to be sharp.” Washington’s lines and defensive pairings, meanwhile, were the same as Monday. Here’s what to expect based on Tuesday’s morning skate: Woltek Wolski-Mike Ribeiro-Alex Ovechkin Jason Chimera-Nicklas Backstrom-Troy Brouwer Marcus Johansson-Joey Crabb-Joel Ward Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Eric Fehr Mike Green-Karl Alzner John Carlson-Tom Poti Jeff Schultz-Tomas Kundratek The quote of the day belongs to Ovechkin, who was asked about not scoring a goal at even strength this year. “If I don’t have the chances, I say, ‘Okay, what’s wrong with me? What’s stopping me?’” Ovechkin said. “But last two games, last three games, I have chances. I have opportunities, especially against Pittsburgh. I feel like I have really good chances to score. Sometimes I have to be more concentrate on the puck … A couple times the rebound right there and my stick was high.” Given Ovechkin’s issues finding the back of the net, another popular topic of discussion was Toronto star Phil Kessel. The dynamic forward leads the NHL in shots, but hasn’t tallied a goal through nine games.
Neuvirth will start vs. Toronto
Washington Post | Feb 5