Holtby To Make First Career Start vs. Capitals For Stars On Friday Night

Photo: The Province

Goaltender Braden Holtby was in the starter’s crease during the Dallas Stars’ morning skate prior to Friday’s game against the Washington Capitals at American Airlines Center (9 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market). This will mark the first time that he will stare down his former team at the other end of the rink.

The 32-year-old is 9-8-1 with a .917 save percentage (tied for 16th in the NHL) and a 2.47 goals-against average in his first season in the Lone Star State.

Holtby, whom the Capitals picked 93rd overall in 2008 NHL Draft, went 282-122-46 with a .916 save percentage, a 2.53 goals-against average, and 35 shutouts in 468 career regular-season games with from 2010-2020. He won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender in 2016, when he tied Martin Brodeur’s wins in a single season (48) record and was a finalist again in 2017, with the Capitals.

In 97 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Capitals, Holtby went 50-46 with a .926 save percentage, a 2.13 goals-against average, and seven shutouts, including 16-7 with a .922 save percentage, a 2.16 goals-against average, and two shutouts after sitting for the first five periods of the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2018.

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.

Holtby is scheduled to return to Washington for the first time on Sunday, March 20.

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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6 Responses to Holtby To Make First Career Start vs. Capitals For Stars On Friday Night

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hallelujah! I knew there was some question as to the starter tonight.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He’s having a decent season, too. Better than Samsonov, that’s for sure.

  3. DC Scappeli says:

    Miss Holts…good dude. It’ll be weird to see him in the other net, going up against his former teammates. Nah, that’s not weird, it just ain’t right! He’ll always be a Cap 😉

  4. Bill Knowles says:

    He’s not gonna like Ovie’s slap shot from his office!!!!

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