With players like Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom, you might think the Capitals, year after year, would be one of the NHLs most successful teams in shootouts.
As the Capitals prepared for their biggest game of the season Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, more encouraging news came out of the trainers room.
Capitals coach Dale Hunter acknowledged before Sundays game against the Minnesota Wild that he was looking for a goalie to step up and have a good stretch run.
Braden Holtby is in and Alex Semin is out.
Holtby led the Capitals onto the ice for warmups tonight in Philadelphia, a sure sign hell get his second consecutive start between the pipes.
Sudden thoughts and second thoughts as the Capitals enjoy a well-earned day off after Monday nights 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit and rest up for Thursday nights showdown in Philadelphia: