TORONTO – That Michal Neuvirth starts Tuesday night for the Capitals against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre is not a surprise. But more than that, it seems to imply that he’ll be the starter for at least Game 1 of the playoffs when they start next week.
Neuvirth could play two of the final three games – or possibly all three. Bruce Boudreau is asked in every city the Caps go to about who his playoff goalie will be, but on Tuesday morning he gave a hint.
“We’ve got an idea what we’re gonna do, so we’ll figure it out,” he said before the morning skate.
The company line around the Caps remains the same – that they don’t care whether it’s Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov or even Braden Holtby in net.
“We’re confident with whoever we have – Neuvy or Varly. Or if one of those guys goes down, Holts has done a great job for us,” forward Boyd Gordon said. “We got three really quality goaltenders, and whoever’s playing we’re confident in front of him and it’s a good feeling to have.”
Boudreau said Monday that if his team drops a couple playoff games, he would change things up with his skaters. That could include goalies, too.
“If we lose two in a row in the playoffs, we certainly aren’t gonna not make changes, whether it’s line combinations or players,” he said. “So something’s gonna change.”
But for now, reading between the lines, Neuvirth is the guy.