Tomas Vokoun is scheduled to get his eighth straight start tonight in Vancouver (CSN, 10 p.m.) when the Capitals conclude their western Canada trip against the Canucks.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters his decision to start Vokoun is based more on Vokoun's recent play and not on the health of backup Michal Neuvirth, who suffered a bruised right ankle on Oct. 10.
Tonight seemed like the perfect opportunity for Boudreau to give Vokoun a breather, considering the Capitals played Thursday night in Edmonton and return home for a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
But Vokoun (6-1-0, 1.83 GAA) played well in Thursday night's 2-1 loss in Edmonton and had no chance to stop either of the Oilers' power-play goals. If Vokoun plays well again tonight it will be interesting to see if Boudreau stays with him for Tuesday or will give Neuvirth his first start since the season opener back on Oct. 8.
Boudreau has scheduled a day off for the team on Sunday.
One thing seems certain. If both goalies are healthy, they will split next weekends games in Carolina on Friday and Long Island on Saturday.