Capitals G Holtby set to return from eye injury

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is set to start Friday night's game against the New York Islanders, six days after suffering an eye injury in a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Holtby, the Capitals' No. 1 goalie, was hurt when he took a stick to the eye from Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson in a 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday.

"I feel good. It's back to normal," Holtby said following Friday's morning skate.

Holtby was expected to return on Tuesday, but he stayed on the bench as a precaution in a 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Pheonix Copley replaced Holtby in net for Tuesday's loss and a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues the night before.

Holtby, who is 17-10-2 this season, said he and the team ruled out any long-term issues with the eye early on.

"Once the initial tests were done and they said there was no damage that's going to be long-term, it was just a matter of healing, getting that vision back," Holtby, 29, said.

--Field Level Media

01/18/2019 12:26

News, Photo and Web Search