When the Washington Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, they will do so with Michal Neuvirth in net, not Tomas Vokoun. Neuvirth will make his second start of the season, and both have been against Carolina. When asked about that, coach Bruce Boudreau said it was because he felt Vokoun has struggled against the Hurricanes in his career. Via Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.
"I pay attention to Vokoun's lack of it more than Michal's success," Boudreau said. ""Quite frankly I know Tomas didn't have very good success against them last year.
"If we want to get back to it, that's why he didn't start Game 1 and he's not starting the game now."
Vokoun was 0-2 with a 4.66 goals-against average in three starts vs. the Hurricanes last year, but that was with the Florida Panthers, and it was only three games. That's why SB Nation's Capitals blog Japers' Rink is skeptical of Boudreau's words, tweeting the following.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for Neuvy starting tonight. Just not buying that how Vokoun performed vs. CAR last year is relevant to the dec.