The Goaltending (Non) Rotation
A lot of people have asked about the goaltending situation in recent days, and whether Olie Kolzig will get another start in the regular season. So the question was posed to Coach Bruce Boudreau yesterday.
"Huet has won five in a row," Boudreau said, shrugging. "He hasn't played a bad game since he's been here. I don't know what else to say. As much as I would like to play Olie, too, if you do that, then you really open yourself for criticism for an unnecessary reason."
So there you have it. As effective as Kolzig has been in recent months, and as much as he's meant to this franchise over past decade, Boudreau is going to stick with the "hot" goalie. Can't say I'm surprised, or that I blame him for that.
Tonight, Huet will make his sixth start in seven games at BankAtlantic Center, where he'll oppose Tomas Vokoun. Huet is 1-0-1 against the Panthers this season, with a miniscule 0.96 goals against average and robust .970 save percentage. Vokoun, meantime, has been no slouch against the Caps, going 4-2-0 with a 2.31 g.a.a. and a .930 sv%.
Update:Coach Boudreau said there will be no lineup changes tonight. He also talked a little about how he deals with the playoff chase. As you might expect, he's constantly checking the TV in his hotel room or his laptop for updated scores from around the Eastern Conference. When time permits, he sometimes follows the updated play-by-play on NHL.com.
"That's this time of year," Boudreau said. "It's so much better than the alternative of not watching and not caring. It's exciting."
By the time the Caps suit up tonight, they'll already know the result of the Ottawa-Boston game, which began at 1 p.m. Boudreau said he likes knowing the result coming into his game.
"This was a tough road trip," he said. "Normally you come back and you've won four out of six, and you say that's great for a tough road trip. But we know we have to win five. So it's a serious game tonight."
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