Neuvirth vs. RolosonPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Caps goaltender Michal Neuvirth will get his fourth straight start in goal for Washington tonight when the New York Islanders pay the first of two Verizon Center visits this season. Neuvirth's start against the Isles marks the first time in his NHL career that he will start four consecutive contests. The last Caps goalie to start and go the distance in each of the team's first four games at the start of the season was Olie Kolzig, who did so in 2005-06. The last Caps goalie to start and go the distance in each of the team's first five games of the season was also Kolzig, who turned the trick in 1999-00. Neuvirth is 2-1 with a 2.62 GAA and a .916 save pct. in the early going. Three of the eight goals he has allowed this season came on deflections. the 22-year-old Czech native has stopped 56 of the last 58 shots (.966) he has faced, dating back to the first period of Saturday night's 7-2 stomping of the New Jersey Devils. At the other end of the ice, the Islanders will start Dwayne Roloson, who celebrated his 41st birthday yesterday. Roloson was finishing up a junior-B season with the Belleville Bobcats in 1987-88 when Neuvirth was born on March 23, 1988. Signed by Calgary as an undrafted free agent, Roloson broke into the NHL at the age of 27 with the Flames in 1996-97. He has played in 512 NHL games, with more than half of those (267) coming in the five seasons since the lockout. He has earned 107 of his 190 career NHL wins over that span, too. Tonight will mark Roloson's first NHL action of 2010-11. New York is trying to re-establish Rick DiPietro as its franchise goaltender; injuries have limited him to a grand total of just 13 games over the last two seasons. Roloson started all four of the Islanders' games against Washington last season. he went 1-1-2 with a 4.06 GAA and an .880 save pct. in those contests. Lifetime, Roloson is 6-3-3 with a pair of shutouts, a 2.43 GAA and a .908 save pct. against the Capitals. Roloson blanked the Caps 1-0 while with the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 16, 2002 and whitewashed Washington 4-0 with the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 28, 2006. Tonight's game also marks the regular season debut of left wing D.J. King in the District. He will be sporting sweater No. 17. Rookie Caps center Marcus Johansson was said to be "week-to-week" with a lower body injury after Tuesday's practice. He was skating and moving much better today and has been upgraded to "day-to-day." Johansson will not be in the lineup tonight, nor will defenseman Tom Poti or right wing Matt Bradley. Poti and Bradley are both day-to-day with lower body ailments.
Today is the first time the Caps can catch their collective breath just a bit. The 2010-11 regular season got underway in Atlanta last Friday, and Washington got off to a busy start with four games in six nights. With that stretch now in the rear view, the Caps have consecutive days (Thursday,