The Washington Times - January 21, 2012, 06:00PM

PITTSBURGH | Dale Hunter has known all along who he would start in goal Sunday at the Pittsburgh Penguins. But Saturday afternoon he wasn’t revealing that plan.

No, not right now,” he said, smiling.


The Washington Capitals might not be able to go wrong. Not only are starter Tomas Vokoun and backup Michal Neuvirth both on impressive roles of late, but both own stellar statistics recently against the Penguins.

Vokoun has started all three Pittsburgh games this season, going 2-1-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .962 save percentage (102 of 106 shots turned away). Since the Penguins criticizes Neuvirth’s shaky glove hand on HBO’s “24/7,” he’s 2-0-1 against them with a 0.65 GAA and .977 save percentage (86 of 88).

Smart money would figure to be on Vokoun, who has established himself as the clear-cut No. 1 guy for the Caps, but with two games left before the All-Star break, a split would not be out of the question.

Facing Letang

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang hasn’t been eased back into action since returning after a two-month absence. Coach Dan Bylsma put him back into a top-four role right away, as Letang played 24:17 and then 28:14.

Letang has three points in those two games.

“He’s an All-Star defenseman for them, when he comes back, he’s like a Mike Green for us and he’s a special player,” Hunter said. “He’s jumping up in the play, he makes some good plays breaking out and really helps their offense. We’ve got to be aware of him.”