Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and he will get the nod tonight as the Capitals look for a little redemption against the Buffalo Sabres.

In his two most recent outings combined — the start against New York on Wednesday and a 47-minute relief outing against Buffalo on Dec. 26 — Vokoun has stopped 47 of the 49 shots he has faced. So it’s not too surprising that Coach Dale Hunter opted to go back to the 35-year-old Czech.

Vokoun was also in net for the Capitals’ first loss to the Sabres this season back on Nov. 26, a 5-1 loss in which he allowed the five goals on 28 shots faced.

Hunter wouldn’t say whether he plans to split this weekend’s back-to-back games between Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth, though, sticking with his game-by-game mantra of evaluation when it comes to the goaltenders.

“I haven’t even watched Columbus clips yet because of the game tonight,” Hunter said. “Tomas is in and we’ll see what happens after that.”

--Mike Green (strained right groin muscle), Jeff Schultz and Mathieu Perreault all took part in some extra work with assistant coaches Dean Evason and Jim Johnson. They will likely be the Capitals’ scratches against Buffalo.


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