Holmqvist will start against Devils
Coach John Tortorella announced today that Johan Holmqvist will start the season opener against the Devils. It is absolutely the right choice. Marc Denis played exceptionally well through most of training camp, and even though he was let down by his defense in Saturday's preseason finale against the Stars, he did not always look solid while allowing four goals on 14 shots.
Holmqvist was just solid throughout. Nothing spectacular but he looked much more in command of the game against the Stars. In that sense, Denis' situation was somewhat like Karri Ramo, who did not deliver a knockout blow to unseat either Denis or Holmqvist. Denis played well, but given what happened last season and Holmqvist's solid play in training camp, Denis did not do enough to pass him.