As The Season Approaches, Question Marks Remain in Net For The Capitals

August 29th, 2010 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
As we close in on the last few weeks before the 2010-11 NHL season officially kicks off, the Washington Capitals have a lot to feel confident about.  

They boast a group of skilled, fleet footed forwards who put fear in the eyes of opposing netminders, and at times can virtually score at will.  Their defense, while young, looks to be shaping up nicely with John Carlson and Karl Alzner poised to make the jump to the big club full time.  

However, as always, the Capitals' goaltending situation is anything but settled.  

The 'Caps have two elite goaltending prospects in Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, but neither has emerged as the clear starting goalie in the nation's capital.  

Varlamov has been the number one at times over the last two seasons (largely in the playoffs), but appeared overwhelmed at times late in this Spring's Quarterfinal loss to Montreal.  He played the role of hero in Washington's comeback from a 3-1 series deficit against the Rangers in the 2008-09 playoffs, but got shelled as the 'Caps got flattened 6-2 by the Penguins in Game 7 of the Semifinals a few weeks later.  

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