Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and he will get the nod against Toronto at Verizon Center.
In 14 career appearances against the Maple Leafs, Vokoun is 8-4-2 with a .927 save percentage and 2.30 goals-against average but his most recent meeting with this foe was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
When Washington last met the Maple Leafs, it suffered a lopsided 7-1 loss back on Nov. 19 in Toronto that demonstrated many of the problems that led to Bruce Boudreau’s removal and Dale Hunter being hired as head coach on Nov. 28. It also wasn’t a particularly kind outing for either goaltender.
Vokoun started the contest and allowed four goals on 18 shots in 25:29 until he was replaced by Michal Neuvirth, who was subsequently scored on three times in 11 shots.
—In other news this morning, Hunter said that Mike Green, who did not skate Friday, has not suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained right groin muscle. Green is expected to miss a 14th consecutive game Friday.
“We’re just taking our time with him,” Hunter said. “It takes time. It’s healing and everything’s on schedule but it takes time.”