Although Capitals Coach Dale Hunter stopped short of naming Michal Neuvirth his starting goaltender tonight, he certainly made it sound like that’s his plan.

Neuvirth turned aside all 14 shots he faced after relieving an ineffective Tomas Vokoun in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss in Ottawa. If Neuvirth starts, it will be his first on home ice since Dec. 20 and his second at Verizon Center under Hunter.

“I thought he played well,” Hunter said of Neuvirth’s performance against the Senators. “When he came in we gave up two breakaways on the power play and he stood tall and gave us a chance to come back.”

Neuvirth is 2-1 all-time against Montreal with 2.06 goals against average and .925 save percentage. On Jan. 18, he made 31 saves to shut out the Canadiens in Montreal.

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