After clinching their third straight Southeast Division last week the Washington Capitals are in playoff mode. Despite the notable absence of Alex Ovechkin the team looked pretty sharp last night as they ripped apart the Panthers in a 7-3 win.
As the team keeps racking up wins, fans can't help but wondering what's going to happen in goal after the season's over.
Just like last year, Jose Theodore is entering playoff season as the team's starter. He's been playing solidly, and fans are beginning to trust his glove after several consistent games, despite his lacking performance in last year's playoffs.
Seymon Varlamov looked to be the better bet at the beginning of the season, especially given his impressive star turn in last year's playoffs. In September, it looked like Theodore was going to fade into the background and make way for his younger counterpart. Unfortunately for Varly fans, he was injured in early December and has only started 4 times since, allowing a total of 16 goals.
If you look at the stats, Theodore (again, remembering Varlamov's injury) has played more, and been more consistent. And after all, he's been there: he's won a Stanley Cup and knows what to expect.
It will help the Capitals to have both goalies on hand, but don't expect Varlamov to start. As the stats stand right now, Theodore's the better goalie. Unless we see a repeat of last year from Theodore that is.
No matter which goalie the team starts, what they really need is some one to back the goalie up. Their recent losses have been primarily attributed to a lacking power play defense, which both goalies are going to need to top their winning season with a Stanley Cup.