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Holtby to start for Capitals against Flyers

Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 5:58 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Holtby to start for Capitals against Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- If Michal Neuvirth were healthy, he'd be starting in goal for the Washington Capitals in their NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

"It would have been a good night to give Neuvy a start," Capitals coach Adam Oates said prior to the game.

Neuvirth, though, is not healthy or even here, so Oates confirmed that Braden Holtby, who made 33 saves in a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, will make his eighth consecutive start.

The Capitals recalled Philipp Grubauer to take Neuvirth's place for the game Wednesday, but Oates said he doesn't know enough about the German goalie to feel confident in giving him the start against the Flyers.

"Not that I was worried about Holts tonight, but he's going to get it, and I haven't seen [Grubauer] enough," Oates said. "Not that he can't handle it, but it's a tough building and we're on a bit of a roll, so I want to keep it going."

The Capitals are 5-2 since Holtby started his streak of consecutive starts. They were 2-8-1 in the 11 games prior.

"He had a few shots [Tuesday] night but not a lot of quality chances and not a lot of work in front of the net," Oates said of Holtby. "I'm quite sure he's capable of doing it. It would have been a mental break for him tonight putting Neuvy in."

Oates, who spoke to the media two hours before puck drop, said "as of now" the Capitals lineup will be the same as it was Tuesday. That means defenseman Mike Green, who played after missing three straight games with a lower-body injury, came through his first game back.

"I talked to him. He said he felt pretty good," Oates said. "After a week off [he was] a little sketchy early, but then he got into the game and felt good."

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