Braden Holtby Misses Game vs. Jets With Upper-Body Injury, Gavin McHale Dresses As Emergency Backup

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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby missed the Capitals game against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night due to an upper-body injury. Emergency backup Gavin McHale dressed as a backup while goaltender Pheonix Copley started for the second time in as many nights. Copley made 26 saves in the team’s 5-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center last night. 

Holtby was slated to start in Winnipeg after Copley started last night.

McHale, 31, has not played pro hockey in a decade when he posted a save percentage of .667 and a goals-against average of 13.73 in two games at the University of Manitoba. He also played three seasons in the WHL, where he recorded a save percentage of .890 and a goals-against average of 3.26 over those three seasons. McHale was the goaltending coach for the women’s hockey team at the University of Manitoba and has previously dressed as an emergency backup for the Colorado Avalanche.

Copley, 26, entered Wednesday night with a 3-1-1 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.91 save percentage in five games this season. He came in winning three straight, stopping 84 of 91 shots for a save percentage of .923 in that span.

Holtby was on the ice in Winnipeg this morning, which is a good sign the injury isn’t so severe. He is labeled as day-to-day.

Defenseman Michal Kempny also missed the game due to an illness. Jonas Seigenthaler took his place in the lineup.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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