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Holtby will get his first start in two weeks

Jan 4, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals warms up against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

After starting in five straight games, Philipp Grubauer will warm the bench Saturday night, allowing Braden Holtby to play for the first time in two weeks, according to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera.

Holtby has been waiting for his chance at redemption after allowing 10 goals in his last two starts. The rise of 22-year-old netminder Grubauer has put Holtby’s status as the team’s starter into question, but he’s hoping to grow through adversity.

Meanwhile, Michal Neuvirth will be listed as a healthy scratch for the 10th consecutive contest. Like Holtby, Neuvirth has expressed his frustrations over the situation. However, at this point Neuvirth’s agent would like to see his client get traded.

Grubauer has only played in 13 career NHL games, so his spot on the team isn’t secure. A strong showing by Holtby against the Minnesota Wild tonight could go a long way towards re-establishing the former norm in Washington. At the same time, if the Wild light up Holtby, then it will only serve to deepen the goaltending controversy.

  1. lowenni - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Finally. Hopefully Holtbeast will get a good game in and prove himself to be #1 again. Gruby was great while he was playing, but I don’t realistically think he’s going to take I’ve the starter position unless Holtby really continues to suck. Best of luck to him tonight, when he’s on his game he’s unstoppable.

  2. ovechcant - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Holtby by is yet another bloated, figment of the Washington sports fan’s imagination. He’s not a number one. His mechanics are atrocious. He constantly loses his net and he is plummeting towards a .850 save percentage. That’s the hockey equivalent of the Mendoza line. If the Caps had proper management they would trade him before he requests a trade himself. This team is toast. THEY WILL NOTAKE THE PLAYOFFS.

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