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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Braden Holtby to start against Islanders

By Katie Carrera

A day after being recalled from the Hershey Bears, Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum tonight against the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov, who did practice this morning, is still bothered by an undisclosed lower-body injury but he will serve as the backup tonight.

It will be Holtby's fifth start and sixth in-game appearance for Washington this season. In his last outing, the 21 year old allowed five goals on 23 shots in a 5-0 loss to New Jersey on Nov. 22.

More to come.

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  Braden Holtby  
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Comments

It seems like the end of days are upon us.

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 20, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If Nabakov signs a relatively small contract and is not claimed before the Caps get a chance, I think they should seriously consider putting in a claim for him.

It would add veteran depth for an inexpensive price and at the cost of no draft picks or players. In addition, with Nuevy and Varly being able to be sent to Hershey without going through Herhsey it would enable the Caps to keep all three goalies.

I'm not saying I'm 100% for it, but there are some definite positives that would come from acquiring Nabakov.

In addition, I don't know anything about his personality and work ethic, but he is a veteran Russian who the younger Russians look up to. If he is a guy who demands work ethic and such that could rub off on the other players.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Dang, I really thought they would start the web developer guy in goal. There goes my fantasy team's chances. =(

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 20, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

According to Tim Leone,

Brian Fahey has been called up. Guess Erskine wasnt just a maintenance day yesterday. Or someone came down with the flu.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Better him than Esskay.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 20, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe he hasnt been officially called up yet. Just sent there since they go to Toronto next. Easier to meet in NY than Toronto. He will just travel and wont get called up unless needed. Just safety since they are only with 6 D on the trip. Who knows.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

hopefully the fahey call up was just as a precaution because he is awful

Posted by: _stevo | January 20, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or are we The Chiefs this season? Minor leaguers!

We need a Hanson Brothers line - DJK, Hendricks and Brads.

Put on the foil.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | January 20, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather go with 5D than play sloan or Fahey ever again.

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 20, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow...finally Katie gets smart...and doesn't list that Optional wasn't on for the morning skate.


Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 20, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@GFisher1

But Fahey has 3 goals so far in his call ups with us.

Granted they were goals he scored on us, but eh...technicality.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 20, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Things are really looking up! Just put Semin in goal...he can lie in the crease. Someone may need to show him where it is, though. This has gotten quite ugly. Not even confident about winning on the Island.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | January 20, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I've read the Wash Post article on Washington DC area having the worst traffic congestion in the nation.
Wonder if the drive to Verizon center affect the players causing the slow starts to the games. Just wondering.

Posted by: instinct227 | January 20, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Time for a trade to get a playoff tested goalie. Who? I don't know. Surely there is someone out with better groins than our two kids. I guess we have to quit this defense crap and go back to out scoring our opponents.

Posted by: JunkGoal | January 20, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I asked this yesterday and got some funny responses regarding him needed a psychiatrist, but does anyone seriously know what's wrong with #28?? It's never really discussed by anyone in the organization.

We hear about Fehr's shoulder, Bradley's finger, but never Semin's injury.

Also, I almost think we need at the minimum 3 points from these next two road games; both are games a playoff team SHOULD win.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 20, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

NHL teams never disclose exact injuries but it's suspected that Semin has a hip/thigh thing from a hip check he took in that last game he played against FL.

Posted by: psujohn | January 20, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

i have never advocated for bringing in a new goalie. i have always been smitten with the idea of Varly and Neuvy playing three games on and off until we couldn't afford one of them

pipe dream, apparently, because this cannot continue. the advantage to having two #1s is competition and, quite frankly, the luxury of two excellent #2s! and too often we have neither #1 nor #2. i don't know if Holtby spends more time in the jersey than do other teams' #3s, but it's seemingly too much

does this reflect poorly on Irbe or the conditioning coach?

Posted by: mcintire_will | January 20, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are not going to win the Cup with Varlamov, Neuvirth and Holtby in 2011.

They are simply too young and untested and the top 2 are injured far too frequently to count on them to start 20 games in the postseason.

Even though his play has been solid but not spectactular and Fleischmann has put up points in Colorado I still think the addition on defense will pay dividends down the road.

Same thing in goal.

Feinstein is generally an idiot when it comes to hockey, but he made a good point a few weeks ago that a guy like Roloson who could be acquired on the cheap was an option for a team in need of a vetera netminder.

Then three weeks later Tampa goes out and gets him from the Islanders.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | January 20, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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