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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.
Emergency backup goalie is ready to go. pic.twitter.com/4mjlKjOc6a
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) November 15, 2018
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.
Apparently Holtby was on the ice here in Winnipeg this morning, so maybe that’s a good sign his injury isn’t too bad. Will try to get more details out of Reirden after the game of course.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) November 15, 2018
Defenseman Michal Kempny also missed the game due to an illness. Jonas Seigenthaler took his place in the lineup.
By Harrison Brown