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Braden Holtby will make his fifth straight start for the Capitals on Saturday night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

While Holtby, like the rest of the team, had a few mistakes in Ottawa, his 35-save effort played a significant role in why the Capitals were still in a one-goal game until the final 87 seconds of regulation Thursday night. So it’s not too surprising that Coach Adam Oates opted to go back to the 23-year-old, who has been a reliable presence for Washington all season.

Some other quick notes from the morning skate:

>> Nicklas Backstrom, who took a shot off his right arm in the 3-1 loss to the Senators, is expected to play against Montreal. He took part in the morning skate and showed no signs of hesitation or limitation on the ice.

>> Everyone who is on the trip was on the ice for the skate. Brooks Laich (groin) and Joel Ward (left knee contusion) are not on the trip and remain sidelined indefinitely.

>> No changes to the lines or defensive pairings this morning, so the healthy scratches will be Wojtek Wolski, Tom Poti and Jeff Schultz. Here’s what the lineup should look like when the Capitals take on the Canadiens:



Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth