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Washington Capitals goaltender primer

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2011

Breaking down the Washington Capitals' goaltenders.

LOT OF LOSING
• During his 12-year NHL career, Tomas Vokoun hasn't experienced a lot of team success. But his personal numbers stick out despite playing on some bad teams.
Team | Year | W | L | T/OTL | GAA |Sv Pct.
Predators 1998-99 |  12 | 8 | 4 | 2.95 | .908
Predators 1999-00 | 9 | 20 | 1 | 2.78 | .904
Predators 2000-01 | 13 | 17 | 5 | 2.44 | .910
Predators 2001-02 | 5 | 14 | 4 | 2.69 | .903
Predators 2002-03 | 25 | 31 | 11 | 2.20 | .918
Predators 2003-04* |  34 | 29 | 10 | 2.53 | .909
Predators 2005-06 |  36 | 18 | 7 | 2.67 | .919
Predators 2006-07* | 27 | 12 | 4 | 2.40 | .920
Panthers 2007-08 | 30 | 29 | 8 |  2.68 | .919
Panthers 2008-09 | 26 |  23 | 6 |  2.49 | .926
Panthers 2009-10 | 23 | 28 | 11 |  2.55 | .925
Panthers 2010-11 | 22 | 28 | 5 |  2.55 | .922
* Led Predators to playoffs

PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?!
• It's difficult to project how Tomas Vokoun will play in the playoffs for the Capitals, given his limited postseason track record. But here's a look at his playoff stats compared to a couple other veterans before the year they won the Stanley Cup:

Goaltender | W | L | GAA | Sv Pct.
• Tomas Vokoun 3 | 8 | 2.47 | .922
• Nikolai Khabibulin 15 | 18 | 2.65 | .916
• Dominik Hasek 37 | 33 | 2.09 | .928
• Tim Thomas 10 | 8 | 2.16 | .927

NEUVIRTH'S SLIDE
• Michal Neuvirth's playoffs last spring were hit and miss. And when his play fell off, the Caps bowed out. Here's a look at his game-by-game performance:
Saves | Shots | Save Pct. | Score
Game 1 vs. NYR 24 | 25 | .960 | 2-1 WSH (OT)
Game 2 vs. NYR 22 | 22 | 1.000 |  2-0 WSH
Game 3 at NYR 32 | 35 |  .914 | 3-2 NYR
Game 4 at NYR 36 | 39 | .923 | 4-3 WSH (2OT)
Game 5 vs. NYR 26 | 27 | .963 | 3-1 WSH
Game 1 vs. TBL 20 | 23 | .870 | 4-2 TBL
Game 2 vs. TBL 20 | 23 | .870 | 3-2 TBL (OT)
Game 3 at TBL 26 | 30 | .867 | 4-3 TBL
Game 4 at TBL 32 | 37 |  .865 | 5-3 TBL

HOLTBY IN HERSHEY
Tomas Vokoun's signing meant a relegated role for not just Michal Neuvirth but Braden Holtby, who will start the season with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Here's a look at some notable numbers on Holtby:
2010-11 NHL stats: 10-2-2, 1.79 goals-against average, .934 save percentage
2010-11 AHL stats: 17-10-2, 2.29 goals-against average, .920 save percentage
Salary for Holtby if in NHL in 2011-12: $550,000
Salary for Holtby if in AHL in 2011-12: $65,000

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