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Is There A #1 Goalie In Washington?

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Michal Neuvirth will make a fifth consecutive start tonight as the Capitals take on a Buffalo squad anxious for a win. The Sabres have lost three straight and are trying to avoid dropping four consecutive contests in regulation for the first time since February of 2010.

This is the longest stretch of starts Neuvirth has seen this season and the 23-year-old Czech has stopped 97 of the 103 shots he’s faced in the four games prior to this one for a .941 save percentage….

Vokoun hasn’t played since Dec. 13 against Philadelphia when he allowed four goals on 21 shots in the first two periods of that contest. The 35-year-old netminder was pulled and did not play the third period against the Flyers.

Vokoun, who has admitted several times that he has not been as consistent as he would like this season, has a 2.81 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and a 12-8-0 record this year.

“I don’t know what I did wrong to be in this spot,” Vokoun said. “I’m a professional hockey player. I don’t make decisions — who plays who doesn’t.”

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You played like ass the last few starts, Tomas, while Neuvirth has been solid. That’s why you’re riding the pine.

Posted by Right Winger on 12/26/11 at 07:07 PM ET

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