So the Capitals, much like the blog lately, have been sporadic. I don’t know what to make of this recent half game sort of playing nor do I have any solutions.
Perhaps, surprisingly, our most valuable asset of late is indeed goal tender Jose Theodore. And, I am a some what fan of our rookie goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s playing, at times, and the race between veteran, rookie, and prospect (Michal Neuvirth; Hershey Bears) is rather interesting to watch. It’s neck in neck for the most part though Michal Neuvirth is out DTD with a lower back injury; poor man who just got off IR can’t seem to catch a break. (Braden Holtby of the SC Stingrays with be playing in Hershey for a while)
Now as with most goaltender races it’s very professional and civil but a recent thing Varly said has me in two minds;
“After the win in Atlanta, Caps’ Varlamov told SovSport that the team concentrates more on the game when he’s in goal… Hmm…”
– Dmitry Chesnokov
It’s difficult to say out of context whether this was Varlamov making a simple statement; that he feels that they play with more focus or confidence while he is in goal; Or did he mean it sort of catty? Like the team trusts him in goal more than Jose (and therefore he expects more play time) I can’t say I’ve noted them playing more confident with one or the other in goal so lets look at game by game stats as provided by http://www.capitals.nhl.com
I’m not sure how much that tells you. There’s only so much stats can tell. I can’t say I personally have been overly impressed by Varlamov so far and Jose has impressed me a cautious amount. Varlamov has won five games to Jose two.
Either way our young goal tender meant that statement I don’t think the team plays any differently with him in goal than Jose.