For the third straight season, Michal Neuvirth arrived at training camp with another goaltender seemingly anointed as the top option on the Washington Capitals' depth chart. And for the third straight season, Neuvirth took it in stride, confident he would eventually get an opportunity to prove himself.

The chance came early this year, with three starts in the first five games, and Neuvirth's performances are making a powerful case that it's his time to serve as headliner in the Capitals' net.

The Post Sports Live crew wonder what the grace period will be for potential early-season struggles for the Capitals.

"More I play, I'm feeling more comfortable. I expect me to play even better," said Neuvirth, who will make his fourth consecutive start for the Capitals when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. "I mean, I'm just trying to play my game, stay on the top of the crease and be patient. Try and stay positive the whole game."