Net ChangePosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
We woke up in Chicago today to the news that the Caps have summoned goaltender Braden Holtby from AHL Hershey. This is Holtby’s fourth recall of the season and his third since the All-Star break. He has played in just one game with the Caps this season, a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 13 at Verizon Center. Caps goaltender Tomas Vokoun has been bothered by a lower body injury recently, and apparently it has flared up again. Vokoun was excellent in the Capitals’ most recent game, Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg. Vokoun has started just three of the Capitals’ last 11 games, and last made consecutive starts on March 8-10 against Tampa Bay and Boston, respectively. Michal Neuvirth gets the call for the Caps tonight in Chicago in the middle match of the team’s five-game road swing; he’ll be opposed by Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks. Since the beginning of December, Neuvirth has made 23 appearances (19 starts) and has posted a 9-8-3 record. He has three shutouts, a 2.45 GAA and a .914 save pct. during that span. Including tonight’s tilt against the Blackhawks in Chicago, the Capitals have 11 games remaining this season. Washington has two pairs of back-to-back games left on the slate, and those two sets encompass the next four games on the schedule. Vokoun is listed as day-to-day, but it’s certainly at least possible that we’ll see Holtby getting a start or two in the next week if Vokoun remains on the sidelines and Holtby remains with the team.
Caps center Jeff Halpern ranks fourth in the NHL with a 58.3% success rate from the face-off circle. Halpern has been a healthy scratch for the Capitals in each of their last five games and a total of six times this season, and the Caps have missed his face-off prowess in those contests. In the six