Braden Holtby

Holtby gets start versus Bruins, with Halak lurking


The day after getting pulled halfway through a 6-4 loss to Philadelphia, Braden Holtby will get another start in goal for the Capitals, this one tonight in Boston against the Bruins.

It’s a decision by coach Adam Oates that took some by surprise, especially given Washington’s acquisition of Jaroslav Halak yesterday. The Caps are in a desperate fight to make the playoffs, and currently they’re on the outside looking in.

“Hopefully we play better in front of Braden,” Oates said, per the Washington Post. “He had a good game [in Boston] a few days ago. The team played pretty solid that game as well. Hopefully we can draw on that and the second half of last night and have a good game.”

The Holtby-or-Halak storyline should be an interesting one to follow down the stretch. The fact the Caps haven’t missed the playoffs since 2007 will only add to the drama.

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Bruins acquire Meszaros from Philly


Boston has added another piece to its blueline, getting Andrej Meszaros from Philly in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Meszaros, 28, has been the odd man out in Philly for most of the year, sitting long stretches as a healthy scratch while making just 38 total appearances. Offensively, he’s a decent pickup — five goals and 17 points this season — but his work defensively and skating ability leave something to be desired.

It will be interesting to see if he’s paired at all with Zdeno Chara in Boston. The two have been teammates on the Slovakian national team for a while, and were d-man partners in Ottawa during the 2005-06 campaign.

Meszaros is in the final of a six-year, $24 million deal with a $4 million cap hit.

Earlier today, the Bruins claimed Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter off waivers.

Bruins claim Oilers d-man Potter off waivers


Boston has made a depth move for its blueline, grabbing former Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter off waivers.

Potter, 30, has spent the last three seasons in Edmonton following stints with the Rangers and Penguins. The Michigan State product had a career year in 2011-12, scoring 21 points in 62 games, but has failed to match that success in subsequent seasons, scoring four points in 33 games last year and making just 16 appearances this season, missing time with a groin injury.

Rumors suggest the Bruins were looking for a bigger move on defense than adding Potter, so don’t be surprised if GM Peter Chiarelli has another move in store. That said, Potter is a stopgap depth move in case nothing else comes to fruition — not unlike the one Chiarelli made last season, acquiring Wade Redden from St. Louis.