Washington Capitals: Should Holtby or Neuvirth Spend More Time in Net in 2013

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Washington Capitals: Should Holtby or Neuvirth Spend More Time in Net in 2013
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With Michal Neuvirth leading the way, the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, 3-2, finally giving the Caps their first win of the season (ESPN).

Not many expected it to take five games for the Caps to get their first win of the 2013 season. Nevertheless, that is what transpired.

These first five games have been difficult, to say the least, for the Caps. Plagued by bad defense and a penalty kill that was worse than abysmal, the Caps stumbled out of the gates losing their first three games by a combined score of 14-6.

During that terrible run, the hero of the 2012 NHL playoffs, Braden Holtby, was in net for the first two games. So many had expected Holtby to come in this season and be as stellar as he was in the playoffs.

That simply did not happen as Holtby gave up six goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning and then followed that up by allowing four goals to the Winnipeg Jets.

This prompted new coach Adam Oates to turn to Michal Neuvirth to try and stop the bleeding. Neuvirth had a rough outing in his first game, a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

But he then was able to salvage a point out of the overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils and then on Sunday, against the Sabres, Neuvirth stood tall as the Caps snatched their first win of the season.

With Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth, the Caps find themselves with two very good goaltenders, both of them very capable of being the starting goalie on a regular basis.

It is an enviable dilemma many other teams in the NHL wish they had.

But for the Capitals, the question that now must be asked is this:  Which man should see more time in net in 2013?

Should it be Braden Holtby? Should it be Michal Neuvirth?

This article will take a closer look at both goalies in the hopes of being able to answer that very question.

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