Coming off of a huge win against the New Jersey Devils, the Washington Capitals (1-3-1) travel to Canada to take on the Ottawa Senators (3-1-1). At Scotiabank Place, Ottawa plays host to a Capitals team that is looking for their second win in the early lockout shortened season.
Washington, coming off of an outstanding victory at home against Buffalo, found their offense in Sunday’s matinee. Alexander Ovechkin scored for the first time all year, Joel Ward proved that he is deserving of being the Caps leading scorer, and Michal Neuvirth soldified his spot as the Capitals starting goaltender.
Neuvirth has stepped in after young goalie Braden Holtby put on back to back poor performances to get Washington off to a poor start. Ever since, the 6’1 goalie out of Czechoslovakia has taken over, and he has gotten better with each game. He showed great presence in the game against the Devils, and he will look to keep up his good play against a Senator team that he has been dynamite against.
In his brief career against Ottawa, Neuvirth has shut them down. Posting a 4-0 record in 4 games started, “Nuevy” has a save % of .945 and his GAA is his third best against teams in the NHL.
This time around however, Neuvirth is going to have a very tough task. The Senator offense has one of the hotter offenses in the league led by center Kyle Turris. Turris has had a very surprising start to the year, netting four pucks in five games. The first-year Senator, acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes in a trade, has shown why they took him with the third overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Washington’s path to success will be stopping the young presence that has engulfed the Senators team. If defensemen like Mike Green and Karl Alzner can step up, the Caps have a solid chance at earning their second win.