Braden Holtby (1-2-0) 4.02 GAA, .885 SVPCT (No. 1 on depth chart)
Michal Neuvirth (1-3-1) 2.97 GAA, .899 SVPCT (No. 2 on depth chart)
The Capitals have been struggling to find a franchise goaltender for years. Last season, the Caps began the year with Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun splitting duty pretty evenly. As the season progressed and injury took Vokoun out of the rotation, Holtby became the second man on the depth chart.
By the time the playoffs rolled around, Holtby was the new No. 1 while Vokoun nursed his torn groin muscle and Neuvirth looked on from the bench.
Holtby went 7-7 (four overtime losses) in the playoffs and posted a scalding 1.95 GAA and .935 save percentage, and was named the Caps' No. 1 goaltender for the 2013 season.
Holtby was benched five straight games after allowing 10 goals on 73 shots in the Caps’ first two games this season.
The problem for head coach Adam Oates is that Neuvirth hasn’t been much better.
However, it would be entirely unfair to blame the Capitals’ problems on goaltending alone, since they have yet to score more than three goals in a game this season (and they’ve only managed to do that three times).
Tomorrow the Caps face the Penguins, and Holtby will get the start after leading the Caps to their second victory of the season Friday night, earning his first win of the season in the process.
Holtby is 23 and Neuvirth is 24, and both players are up for new contracts next season. No wonder they’re both playing for big money and a long-term deal.