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Holtby to start for Caps vs. Flyers tonight

Feb 1, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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The slumping Washington Capitals will switch things up in goal on Friday and start Braden Holtby for the first time in 10 days.

Holtby, last year’s playoff hero, will be between the pipes against Philadelphia, snapping Michal Neuvirth‘s streak of five consecutive starts.

Boasting woeful numbers across the board — 0-2-0, 5.04 GAA, .863 save percentage — Holtby is looking to put his sluggish start to the season behind him.

In this instance, the past is a small sample size (two games, two losses to Winnipeg and Tampa Bay) but large enough for Holtby to realize he needs to play better.

“Obviously I want to forget about them,” he explained. “But there’s a lot of things that I’ve taken out of them that I want to work on and a lot of good things that happened at the same time.

“That’s the way hockey goes.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Caps head coach Adam Oates deals with his goaltending situation after tonight.

The Caps play four games next week — Sunday vs. Pittsburgh, Tuesday vs. Toronto, Thursday at Pittsburgh and Saturday vs. Florida — and it’s possible Oates could go right back to Neuvirth for the majority.

“I obviously understand that we want to get some stability to our game right now and Michal’s giving it to us,” Holtby said prior to Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Toronto. “That’s just the life of being a goaltender.”

  1. ludacrish05 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM


  2. xflyersx - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Shoot the damn puck.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I second this notion. Who would have thought shooting the puck would be such a novel idea?

  3. hockeyfan28 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    With the way the Flyers power play is right now they’ll probably make him look like Patrick Roy

  4. mp1113 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    bring you game tonight kid, lets get some wins boys

    • mp1113 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM


  5. jaredphi - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    This could actually be a great game to watch and the score might be pretty close….since both teams really suck right now. Both are having offensive problems.

    If I’m making a prediction, I bet the Flyers win tonight.

    Philly is coming off of 2 days of rest whereas the Caps played and lost last night.

  6. londonfletcher59 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    As big of Holtby supporter as I am, why put him in over Neuvie? It’s not his fault they’re losing. How many shots did he block last night? 33? How many shots the the Caps take ALL game? 15? C’mon. I know Philly is in the basement with the Caps right now, but don’t risk a possible win by putting in a cold Holtby. If you really want to test him, put him in a game we don’t really have a chance of winning, like Sunday. Sorry, I hate the Pens, but it had to be said.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      They have to switch him up at some point…too many games in too short a time period. I hope he does well…it’s got to be weighing on his mind, the first two losses. Neuvirth is still 1 and 3…Holtby 0 and 2…and their stats are about the same. Does Neuvirth really look that much better? Is he REALLY “hot”?

    • dcfan4life - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      4 games in 7 days. Holtby was going to play at least 1 regardless.

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