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The Noon Number: Familiar Foe

A look at an old friend between the pipes

Philadelphia Flyers v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

.891 - Michal Neuvirth’s career save percentage in regular-season games against the team that drafted him. Since the Capitals traded him away back in 2013-14, Neuvirth has faced his old squad just three times - all with the Flyers - posting a 1-1-0 record and a .891/3.14/0 line over that span.

Of course, as most DC fans will remember, those less-than-sparkling numbers are almost the mirror opposite of his performance in the postseason against the Caps. Appearing in relief of Steve Mason back in the Caps-Flyers opening-round series in the spring of 2016, Neuvirth almost singlehandedly carried his team from an 0-3 hole to a 2-3 series before ultimately succumbing in a 1-0 Game 6 loss.

In fact, that series-clinching goal was one of just two given up in Neuvirth’s three playoff starts vs. the Caps that year, as he turned aside an astounding 103 of the 105 shots he faced for a sparkling .981 save percentage.