Word out of the St. Louis camp was that the Blues intend on starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak when the Capitals visit the Gateway to the West on Wednesday. While last spring may seem like a long time ago, there's no mistaking that Washington wouldn't mind putting a few pucks behind Halak at Scottrade Center.
Halak hasn't missed a beat in transitioning from the Montreal Canadiens to a new city and new team in the Blues. He's 10-6-2 with a .911 save percentage and 2.37 goals-against average.
"You always want revenge, I think," Nicklas Backstrom said. "He was stopping us from being further in the playoffs, so it's good to have the opportunity to play against him and we're all looking forward to it.
"It's a great opportunity to get back a little bit. He's a great goaltender, he was unbelievable last year in the playoffs so it's going to be fun to play against him again. Maybe we can have some more traffic in front of the net and score more goals."
Said Mike Green: "He obviously had our number, and it'd be nice to maybe get some goals on him because of the lack of them we had against Montreal."
Even a rather diplomatic Brooks Laich: "I think it's a different situation; he's on a different team. The rivalry was more between us and Montreal than us and one guy. I guess I'm a little indifferent, but still, I'd like to score on him."
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The Capitals have sought a shut-down defenseman for some time now and on Tuesday they got the player they were looking for in Scott Hannan, who was acquired from Colorado in a trade that sent Tomas Fleischmann to the Avalanche.
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