For the first time this season Michal Neuvirth will make consecutive starts, facing the Red Wings once again as they visit Verizon Center Sunday afternoon to complete this home-and-home with the Capitals.
Neuvirth made 42 saves in Washington’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday in what was his best game of the season making the decision to start him again an easy one for Coach Adam Oates.
“Hopefully he can get on a roll,” Oates said.
Both Mike Green (concussion) and Brooks Laich (groin) are game-time decisions to face Detroit this afternoon, Oates said. So be sure to check back after warmups for the Capitals’ lineup.
Playing the same opponent in consecutive games makes for an interesting dynamic, especially when those two teams are both jockeying for points in the Eastern Conference wild card race. One of the adjustments Oates wants to see the Capitals make is better poise when they have the puck in transition.
“One of the things we’ve got to do different is our regroups,” Oates said. “They’re a great puck control team, possession team but there are times that you have the puck that they sit back a little into a 1-2-2. We need to execute there. if we don’t then we’re giving them the puck too many times and we’re not in their end enough and that’s a bad recipe.”