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Capitals Have Three Goalies - Which One Gives Them The Best Chance To Win?

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

While each team in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, nearly all of them have one thing in common – a go-to option in net.

But with five games remaining in the regular season and a trip to the postseason on the line, the Capitals don’t have the luxury of a clear-cut top goaltender. Instead, they have a three-headed monster, with veteran Tomas Vokoun, 24-year-old Michal Neuvirth and 22-year-old rookie Braden Holtby.

Over the 14 games in March, Washington has used all three but none has established consistency and a rhythm over the course of successive games. A strong performance one night hasn’t guaranteed one the next and there’s little reason to believe one netminder holds a secure advantage over any other for the chance to play in these remaining contests.

Coach Dale Hunter doesn’t look at having three goaltenders with no go-to guy as a bad thing for the Capitals.

“When you have three,” Hunter said. “It’s better than having no goalies ready to play. This way I have three goalies that did well and now it’s up to me to make the right call for who I put in.”


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Any answer other than “Vokoun” is madness. Holtby has no track record and Neuvirth—who has below-average career numbers so far through the first 104 games of his career—has been absolutely rancid this year. Vokoun hasn’t played up to his usual lofty standards, but .916 and 25-19 record on a team that has won fewer than 50 percent of its total games this year is still pretty good.

If Washington misses the playoffs this year, one of the main reasons will be the fact that, for much of the season, Neuvirth was getting a third of the starts even though Vokoun was clearly a much better option.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 03/29/12 at 07:13 PM ET

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