Goaltender Tomas Vokoun said he will get a chance to extend his six-game winning streak Thursday night against the Oilers.
“Yeah, [Coach Bruce Boudreau] told me I’m playing,” Vokoun said after Washington’s practice at Rexall Place Wednesday. “You wait for the net and when you got it, you prepare. Obviously you prepare if you play or don’t, but it’s nice to know a couple days ahead.”
Vokoun has been a key part of Washington’s franchise-best winning streak, putting up a 1.80 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in six consecutive starts heading into this road trip.
After four days without a game, the veteran netminder is glad to have the opportunity to get back in net.
“It feels long time,” Vokoun said. “We were kind of just hanging around. You look at all these other teams, they have four, five more games than us so it’s a kind of challenging thing. We get a couple hard practices but you’d rather be playing. We actually had a good schedule, no back-to-backs, we got some teams, they were coming after long trips; we can’t be complaining too much about that.”
Vokoun would tie his best-ever start to a season — seven in a row in 2005-06 with Nashville — if he were to capture a victory against the Oilers.