Holtby allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Capitals win in Florida on Thursday. Holtby has been great to start the season, going 2-0-1 while only allowing a combined five goals on 80 shots (.938 SV%). Holtby was 3-2-0 with a 3.48 GAA and .876 SV% in five starts against the Rangers last year. Tonight he will go head-to-head with Henrik Lundqvist.
Holtby allowed a single goal on 23 shots in the Capitals’ win over the Islanders last Saturday. Philipp Grubauer got the nod on Tuesday, so Holtby comes into tonight’s matchup with the Panthers well rested. Holtby has turned aside 49 of the 52 (.942 SV%) shots that he has faced in his first two starts.
Grubauer will make his first start of the season on Tuesday.
Braden Holtby started the Capitals’ first two games of the season, but they will get Grubauer into his first game of the season tonight. Grubauer was 8-9-1 with a 2.32 GAA and .918 SV% last season, but draws a tough matchup against an Avalanche team that is off to a hot-start to the 2016-17 season.
Grubauer is in the "starter's crease" this morning; could make his season debut.
Braden Holtby started the Capitals’ first two games of the season, but it looks like they will get Grubauer into his first game of the season tonight. Grubauer was 8-9-1 with a 2.32 GAA and .918 SV% last season, but draws a tough matchup against an Avalanche team that is off to a hot-start to the 2016-17 season.
Sanford is expected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.
Sanford appeared in his first two NHL games to start the season, but he will be replaced by Brett Conolly in the lineup tonight. Sanford had no points with one shots and two penalty minutes in the first two games.
Connolly is expected to make his Capitals’ debut on Tuesday.
Connolly, 24, signed with the Capitals this offseason but was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the regular season. Tonight, Connolly will replace Zach Sanford on the Capitals’ third line with Lars Eller and Justin Williams. He had 25 points (9G / 16A) in 71 games with the Bruins last year.
Holtby gets the nod on Saturday vs. the Islanders.
Holtby allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Capitals’ shootout loss to the Penguins on Thursday. Holtby played very well in his first start of the season, but gave up three shootout goals on four attempts. Holtby is one of fantasy’s best goalies and should be active whenever he starts. Tonight he gets the nod against an Islanders team that he was 3-0-1 with a 2.19 GAA and .918 SV% against a season ago.
Holtby enters 2016-17 as the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. Over the last two seasons he leads the NHL in wins (89) and is tied for fourth in both GAA (2.21) and SV% (.923). Holtby plays behind one of the most powerful offences in the NHL, which gives him an opportunity to win 40 games again this year. Tonight his season starts against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Holtby was 2-2-1 with a 2.90 GAA and .913 SV% against the Pens last year.
The Capitals signed Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million deal.
Orlov is a key member of the Capitals’ top-4 on the blueline and will still be a restricted free agent after his one-year contract is up. The 25-year-old is coming off of his best offensive season, having posted eight goals and 21 assists (29 points) in 82 games.
The Capitals signed Marcus Johansson to a three-year deal worth $13.75 ($4.58M AAV).
Johansson, 25, has settled in nicely with the Capitals since they drafted him 24th overall in 2009. He had 46 points (17G / 29A) in 74 games last year, continuing his consistent mid-40’s point production. At just 25, there is room for him to grow into a mid-50’s player, especially in an explosive Capitals’ offence. Draft him as the player he has been with room for upside.
The Capitals signed Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way contract.
Malone, 27, is an NHL fourth liner. He had just six points and 75 PIMS in 57 games last season and has just 30 points in 176 career NHL games. Malone will likely replace Michael Latta, who signed with the Kings.
The Capitals have signed Christian Thomas to a one-year contract.
Son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, Christian Thomas split the 2015-16 season between the Canadiens and Coyotes’ organizations. He had two assists in six NHL games and 10 goals, 11 assists (21 points) in 34 AHL games with St. John’s and Springfield (AHL). Expect him to start this year with Hershey.
The Capitals have signed Brett Connolly to a one-year deal worth $850K.
Connolly, 24, had excellent AHL numbers in 2013-14, but has yet to really cash in at the NHL level. He had nine goals and 16 assists (25 points) in 71 games with the Bruins last season. Connolly has strong possession numbers and should fit in well with the Capitals as a bottom-6 forward.