Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 37 shots in Friday's loss to the Capitals. Vasilevskiy and the Bolts had an awful time while shorthanded as the Capitals produced three of those scores on the man advantage, including a smooth rake from Alex Ovechkin to open the scoring in the game. Vasilevskiy won his first two starts this season but has lost all three starts in November with eight goals allowed over that span.
Vasilevskiy led his team out for warmups Friday and will start against the Capitals, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Vasilevskiy hasn't started since Nov. 16, when he allowed just one goal in a loss to the Panthers. He's a capable backup to Ben Bishop for the Bolts, having turned in a 2.03 GAA and .929 save percentage through four starts this season.
Vasilevskiy stopped 19 of 20 shots in a tough-luck loss to the Panthers on Monday. His mates in front of him sent 39 shots on net, but Roberto Luongo was perfect at the the other end. Vasilevskiy nearly matched him, as it appeared the contest was headed to overtime, but the Panthers got the game's lone tally with just 21 seconds remaining in regulation. The 21-year-old has gotten four starts since being activated off the IR at the beginning of the month, and should factor into the rotation more than the average backup.
Vasilevskiy will be the man in goal Monday against Florida. The highly-touted goaltender will be making his fourth start of the season after missing the first month of the season with an injury. Vasilevskiy has lived up to his billing this season, owning a 2.37 goals against average and .924 save percentage. Florida's ability to score has faltered of late, but they get back top-line center Aleksander Barkov for Monday's matchup, which may pose some problems for Vasilevskiy.
Vasilevskiy gave up three goals on 26 shots Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Sabres. After sharp outings his first two times out -- including a road win against these same Sabres -- Vasilevskiy delivered a weaker performance while a determined Jack Eichel turned the tables on Tampa. The Bolts are likely to turn back to Ben Bishop on Thursday; though the Bolts' No. 1 goalie has lost five straight, he hasn't given up more than two goals in any of those games. Consistency like that from Bishop will make it tough for Vasilevskiy to get into the lineup too much.
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