Sunday night against the Lightning, Michal Neuvirth will make his first start for the Capitals since March 16 at the Boston Bruins. It will mark just his third start in the past 26 games and fourth appearance in that same span.
“Hopefully he has a good game for us. That’s all we’re asking,” Coach Adam Oates said. “You know, we’ve talked all along – you’re going to need both your goalies. It’s just a fact. We need him to play.”
Opposite Neuvirth (2-5-1, 2.99 goals-against average, .899 save percentage) will be the Lightning’s latest goaltender Ben Bishop.
Tampa Bay acquired Bishop from the Ottawa Senators in a deadline-day trade that sent Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick to the Senators. Sunday’s game against the Capitals will mark Bishop’s third game in four nights since joining Tampa Bay. He recorded a 45-save shutout in his Lightning debut, a 5-0 win over Carolina on April 4, and stopped 24 of 27 in a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday night.
If you missed it earlier, both Brooks Laich and Martin Erat will miss tonight’s game each out with a lower-body injury. Laich is scheduled to see a groin specialist Tuesday.
Faceoff: 7 p.m. Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7
Discuss the game in the comment section and based on warmups here what the lineup should look like:
Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.
Scratches: Brooks Laich (lower-body), Martin Erat (left leg), Jeff Schultz and Wojtek Wolski.
IR: Tom Poti (back)