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Part of what has made Brodeur so good is the defensive system around him. Oates is happy with how the Caps have limited chances against for Holtby in recent games.

Fehr earns promotion

Following Thursday’s loss, Oates switched up his forward lines, promoting Eric Fehr to the second alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer and demoting Wojtek Wolski to the third.

“I want to give Fehrsie a few more minutes playing with Nick and Brouwer just because I thought that he’s been playing some really good hockey for us and I want to test chemistry,” Oates said.

Wolski, who doesn’t have a point in the past seven points, played just one shift in the third period against the Devils. The demotion has a purpose.

“It gives WoJo a chance to take a step back and play with two different guys and maybe try not to be too fancy and simplify his game a little,” Oates said.