Braden Holtby Expected To Make Stars’ Debut at Rangers On Thursday In What Was “Easy Decision”

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Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness announced prior to the team’s season-opener against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday that goaltender Braden Holtby will start in goal.

”It’s what I said going into camp. We feel whoever had the best camp was going to play. [Holtby] had a great camp, not that [Anton Khudobin] didn’t but he had a really solid camp. He knows [the Rangers], he’s played at this rink an awful lot over his career [with] all those years in Washington. So, actually pretty easy decision,” Bowness said.

In 140 minutes of playing time in the preseason, the 32-year-old posted a .938 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average.

Holtby signed a one-year contract with the Stars after the final year of his contract with the Vancouver Canucks was bought out. He played just 21 games last season, finishing with a career-worst 7-11-3 record, .889 save percentage, and a 3.67 goals-against average.

n 489 career NHL games with the Canucks and Washington Capitals, Holtby, who ranks second among the Capitals’ all-time wins leaders, has gone 289-133-49 with a .915 save percentage, a 2.58 goals-against average, and 35 shutouts. He has gone 50-46-1 with a .926 save percentage, a 2.13 goals-against average, and seven shutouts in 97 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Capitals, who drafted Holtby 93rd overall in 2008.

By Harrison Brown

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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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