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On April 9, Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates talked to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post about what he felt was a vital component of success in the postseason.
Oates said "I think that going forward—hopefully we get in a good playoff run—you’re going to need both goalies. You will."
Now is the time for Oates to put that theory into practice.
Braden Holtby has started all four games in goal for the Capitals so far this postseason. After surrendering only one goal in Game 1 and Game 2 combined, Holtby allowed four goals each in Game 3 and Game 4.
Now, the Caps lost Game 3 and Game 4 by an identical score of 4-3, so Holtby kept the team in both games.
But starting Michal Neuvirth in goal does not have to be seen as the demotion of Braden Holtby. First of all, it is merely Oates sticking to his word. But the move may spark the other Capitals players while also throwing the Rangers off-balance after growing accustomed to Holtby.
Whatever the reason, Adam Oates needs to make the change in net—before it's too late.