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Rust shouldn’t be a concern for Caps’ goalies

Jan 4, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals reacts after giving up a goal in the second period of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Inexperience (and maybe in-fighting) ranks as one of the concerns for the Washington Capitals goalie duo of Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth, but at least they shouldn’t be rusty.

New Capitals coach Adam Oates doesn’t make any guarantees, yet he provided positive feedback about duo’s work during the lockout to CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley.

“Obviously, they’re going to be in game shape, so that has to be a good thing,” Oates said. “I don’t think there’s any perfect formula, but the fact both of those guys have been playing is good.”

Gormley reminds us that Holtby is considered the team’s No. 1 netminder going into next season.

Both are playing well enough to encourage optimism, however. Despite mediocre win-loss records, Holtby (.932 save percentage in the AHL) and Neuvirth (.927 save percentage in KHL) are looking sharp outside the NHL.

Will that translate to strong play in a potential abbreviated season? That’s unclear, but they’ll hit the ground running while many older goalies will experience a crash course to get ready.

(Many veterans struggled to find short-term work because there are fewer open netminder spots overseas than other positions and the AHL isn’t always an option.)

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I wonder how good holtby will be without his entire team collapsed on net and blocking shots

    • trick9 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Bit funny hearing that from Bruins fan. I mean that was how you won the Stanley cup just few years. Do you not remember that or have you been a fan for just 1 year?

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        umm no they won with four solid lines and balanced attacked with great goaltending. everyone knows Dale Hunters system is collapsing and blocking shots. I’ve been a fan for over 25 years. .. hence the Ray Bourque tribute. Just wait until the season starts with seguin hitting full form and dougie Hamilton dropping bombs from the point.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        If i was to guess, I would say for 1 1/2 years. That seems to be how most of the people here in Boston are.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        My dad is a Bruins fan from the bobby orr era. I grew up worshiping adam Oates. ..bourque…neely… even loved sergei Samsonov…sweeney…moog…. but iv love this young Bruins team and their prospects. P.s I don’t live in Boston or mass.

    • adlent - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Oooooh you’re right. Collapsing and blocking shots is how he had a .935% throughout the playoffs. Or how he made 44 saves against Boston in the Game 4 win. You do know you don’t get a save for a blocked shot?

      On a more serious note, I, too, am anxious to see the system Oates brings in. I prefer a defensive-oriented team, but we need to let our scorers have the freedom to actually score.

  2. superross - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Overskin has rust on his heart! It doesn’t matter if he played during the lockout or not!

  3. hocsocmom715 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    my condolences. all the bruins know how to do is play dirty hockey just like the flyers.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Just bc they are bigger and crush teams doesn’t mean they are dirty. Plenty of big strong guys and speedy forwards. They are going to crush the league over the next 5 years. Maybe longer

  4. hocsocmom715 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    LOL. Keep dreaming!

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      You’ll see!

  5. flyers89 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Lol well you guys probably don’t want to hear any comments from my Flyers fan butt lol but….. I personally think Holtby is the next great goal tender… Have had the opportunity to see him play multiple times for Hershey n he is on a whole different level feel free to send him are way… We’ll even throw in a nut case Russian goalie if you want lol….. P . S. Let’s get the season going you rich grumpy old farts!

  6. capsfan19 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ha and how about those times on the pk that holtby flashed that glove and swipped shot after shot out of the air? Please… He made tim thomas look old.
    He made redonk saves even with people screening him. Dont be so sour.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Well Tom Thomas is old. Holtbyvis very young…good thing tukka is only 25. Its tukka time! !!!

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Tim* stupid auto correct… and v Thomas would’ve been better if rask didn’t hurt

  7. capsfan19 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ha and how about those times on the pk that holtby flashed that glove and swipped shot after shot out of the air? Please… He made tim thomas look old.
    He made redonk saves even with people screening him. Dont be so sour.

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