Steve Oleksy makes his Michigan homecoming as an NHLer Friday night in his first appearance against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. He played here a few times as a kid for squirt-level playoffs, but nothing quite compares to suiting up here in front of friends and family as a member of the Capitals.
“It’s going to mean a lot. Any time you grow up going to The Joe and watching a lot of Red Wings games and things like that you see it from the other side of things,” Oleksy said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s a great accomplishment. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s something i’m excited about.”
Braden Holtby (8-6-0, 2.72 goals-against average, .920 save percentage) gets the nod for the Capitals and will be opposed by Jimmy Howard (5-5-5, 2.67 goals-against average, .910 save percentage) for the Red Wings.
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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Joe Louis Arena
TV: CSN, NHL Network | Radio: 106.7 FM
Here is the Capitals’ lineup.
Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth
Scratches: Mike Green (lower-body contusion), Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (upper body).