NHL Preview: Montreal Canadiens Vs. Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals look to earn their first win of the year during a shortened 48 game schedule, taking on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Verizon Center. Montreal enters with a 1-1 record on the season, and the Capitals have dropped their first two games to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets. Tonight’s game starts at 7 PM and will be broadcasted locally on Comcast Sports Network. The game is also available via radio on 106.7 The Fan and the Capitals Radio Network.
Michal Neuvirth will get his first start of the season in goal for the Capitals, following two straight starts by young net minder Braden Holtby to begin the season. Neuvirth has a lifetime 4-1 record against the Habs, along with a stunning 1.82 goals against average and .939 save percentage. Holtby has struggled in his first two starts this year, holding a 5.03 goals against average and .863 save percentage, but the Capitals defense hasn’t been there to help him either.
Washington forward Mike Riberio, who came over to the Capitals in a trade with the Dallas Stars last offseason has gotten off to a hot start in the nation’s capital, already dishing out three assists through two games. Capitals forward Joel Ward leads the team with two goals, which he scored opening night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This will be another tough game for Washington, as they face a big challenge against Montreal goalie sensation Carey Price.