Goalie nods: Holtby gets another shot at wins record

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Some of Saturday’s contests are already well underway, but with every team set to play today, there will be a lot of action tonight as well.

Even with almost every team set to play in its season finale, it’s goaltender Braden Holtby that might have the night that will be remembered the longest. He’ll start for the Capitals and while Washington has already secured the Presidents’ Trophy, Holtby is fighting to tie Martin Brodeur’s single season wins record, which stands at 48.

This is Holtby’s third attempt to make history and while Washington will also play on Sunday, this could very well be his last start of the regular season. It’s appropriate then that the Capitals are in St. Louis where Brodeur now serves as an assistant general manager. St. Louis will counter with netminder Brian Elliott.


Andrei Vasilevskiy will play against Mike Condon as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Montreal Canadiens.

— Carolina will start Eddie Lack tonight while Florida will counter with Roberto Luongo.

Garret Sparks will play between the pipes for the Maple Leafs against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils.

— Chicago’s Corey Crawford (upper body) will get his first start in nearly a month. Columbus’ goaltender hasn’t been confirmed, but it will probably be Sergei Bobrovsky.

— The Flames will give Niklas Backstrom the opportunity to finish the season with a start against his former team, the Wild. Minnesota will use Devan Dubnyk.

— Christopher Gibson will get the nod for the Islanders. We don’t know who Buffalo will use, but after Jason Kasdorf made his NHL debut on Friday, a reasonable guess is Chad Johnson.

— Nashville will send out Carter Hutton tonight. Dallas will likely start Antti Niemi.

Cam Talbot and Jacob Markstrom will start for Edmonton and Vancouver respectively.

Jonathan Quick is expected to get the nod for Los Angeles, but we don’t know who Winnipeg will start.

— Arizona’s starting goaltender also hasn’t been revealed yet, but Martin Jones will play between the pipes for the Sharks.