The wait is over for Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. The team announced Friday morning that the 22-year-old netminder will get his first start since Jan. 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday at Verizon Center. Holtby started the first two games of the regular season, but struggled with his teammates still in the early stages of learning Coach Adam Oates's system. He allowed 10 goals on 73 shots and currently sports a 5.04 goals against average and .863 save percentage. Michal Neuvirth got the nod in Washington's past five games, including Thursday night's 3-2 loss at Toronto. He went 1-3-1 in the starting lineup, with a 2.97 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. The Capitals had a light scratches skate Friday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, as they're in the midst of playing three games in four days. In addition to Holtby, defenseman Roman Hamrlik and center Mathieu Perreault, injured forward Brooks Laich (groin) and injured defenseman Jack Hillen (upper body) are also on the ice. Hillen suffered his injury in Washington's season opener and hasn't played since. Laich, who has yet to appear in a game this year after injuring his groin while playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout, took the ice with teammates during Thursday's morning skate in Toronto for the first time this season.
Braden Holtby will start vs. Flyers
Washington Post | Feb 1