The Washington Capitals are steadying themselves after an 0-3 start to the short season. They have gained three points in their last two games and much credit has to go to the play between the pipes by Michal Neuvirth. Let's not kid ourselves to believe the defense has completely fixed itself. Neuvirth has been steady in goal and has quite frankly bailed out the blue line several times over the last two games. As Stephen Whyno writes, starting Neuvirth is a no-brainer. Head coach Adam Oates is going with the hot hand.
"I mean, right now, yeah," Oates said. "Hopefully you get the luxury of maybe strategizing it a little different. But right now [Neuvirth is] playing very well. And he’s getting rest so it’s not like we’re killing him right now. So he’s good."