For the second game in a row, Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith is getting the nod as the starting goaltender vs. the Washington Capitals.
Casey DeSmith will start in net tonight vs. Washington. pic.twitter.com/hiWq3BurXR— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 19, 2021
DeSmith got the start in goal during Sunday’s matinee game against the Capitals, coming away with the win in the 4-3 shootout victory.
He made 20 saves on 23 shots in the team’s first win of the season, but his best work in the game arguably came during the 5-minute overtime frame and subsequent shootout.
Keeping all four Capitals players from scoring in the shootout, DeSmith made stops against T.J. Oshie, , Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Alex Ovechkin.
DeSmith entered the previous game in relief of Tristan Jarry, who gave up 3 goals on 6 shots in 11 minutes and change to the Flyers. DeSmith was strong in relief, with 12 saves on 13 shots.
Personally, I don’t think there is a ton to read into here, long term though. Jarry is clearly the Penguins starter and with a shortened season and less room for error, I see it as riding the hot hand for the time being.