Backup Michal Neuvirth is finally healthy, but look for goaltender Tomas Vokoun to try to keep his perfect season alive tonight when the Capitals visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place at 9:30 p.m.
Vokoun enters tonights game ranked second in the NHL in wins (6), seventh among NHL starters in goals-against average (1.80) and fifth among starters in save percentage (.944).
Were winning and Im playing better, but its a process, Vokoun said. Im still working on a lot of things.
Vokoun was a rebound machine in his first two starts with the Capitals and his exchanges with his defensemen were shaky. But in his last four starts, Vokoun has stopped 125 of 129 shots and although his stickhandling will never be confused with Martin Brodeur, hes kept his exchanges simple.
If Vokoun starts tonight, look for Michal Neuvirth to get the call Saturday night in Vancouver at 10 p.m. Neuvirth has not played since taking a shot off his right foot during warmups on Oct. 10.
In other injury news, defenseman Mike Green has not practiced since injuring his right ankle in Saturday nights 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings and is doubtful for tonight.
If Green cannot play, Sean Collins will replace him and play on a third defense pairing with Jeff Schultz. That could mean additional ice time for the top two defense pairs of Karl Alzner and John Carlson, and Roman Hamrlik and Dennis Wideman.