Braden Holtby slated to start against Jets

January 22, 2013

(Brian Blanco/Associated Press)

Braden Holtby was critical of his performance in the season opener but he’ll have an opportunity to redeem himself Tuesday in the home opener against the Winnipeg Jets.

Holtby was the first goaltender off the ice in the morning skate and should get the start as the Capitals return to the ice at Verizon Center since May 9, 2012 when they played Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers.

In Washington’s 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay Saturday, Holtby stopped 28 of the 34 shots he faced. Coach Adam Oates refused to place blame on the 22-year-old netminder for the defeat, but Holtby believed he could have had more sound positioning on at least the first and fifth Lightning goals.

“I think the first and the fifth were ones that I felt I could have played better,” Holtby said. “I don’t know if they would have went in still, but I felt that my positioning could have been better and reading the play. As a whole it was just one of those nights the puck went in.”

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