Holtby stopped all 33 shots that he faced to record the 1-0 shutout over the Oilers on Monday. Holtby has won his last four starts while posting a 1.50 GAA and .943 SV%. Holtby is one of the NHL’s top goalies, playing behind one of the NHL’s top offences. He is a great option whenever he gets the nod—he comes into play tonight at 12-4-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .926 SV% on the year.
Holtby allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Capitals win over the Avalanche on Saturday. Holtby has won three straight and five of his last six while posting a stellar 1.65 GAA and.935 SV%. Tonight he will face an Oilers team that has lost six of their last eight despite averaging 2.71 goals per game. Holtby comes in at 7-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .920 SV% at home.
Holtby made 25 saves on 26 shots in the Capitals OT win in Detroit on Wednesday. Philipp Grubauer started on Thursday, so it isn’t surprising to see Holtby go tonight vs. Colorado. Holtby has won two in a row and comes in at 4-2-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .919 SV% in the month of November.
Grubauer allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Capitals loss to the Flames last Friday. It was his first loss of the season and he now sits 2-1-0 with a 2.59 GAA and .899 SV% in three games. Grubauer is a solid-spot start option with the right matchup, but that is not what he has tonight with the Stars in town.
Holtby allowed two goals on 20 shots in the Capitals win in Philadelphia last Thursday. Philipp Grubauer started on Friday, so the Capitals turn back to Holtby tonight in Detroit. He faced the Red Wings last week, allowing a single (soft) goal on 27 shots in the 1-0 loss. Holtby has gone 3-2-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .894 SV% on the road.
Grubauer allowed one goal on 27 shots in the Capitals win in Florida on October 31st. Grubauer has won each of his two starts, while stopping 45 of 50 shots (.900 SV%) this season. With Braden Holtby starting last night, the Capitals will turn to Grubauer tonight vs. the Flames. Calgary has gone 3-3-0 while averaging 3.17 goals per game over that span.
The Capitals have sent Chris Brown on a conditioning stint with Hershey (AHL).
Brown has missed the first four and a half weeks of the season with an injury. He is now healthy and will head to Hershey for a conditioning stint. He had 17 goals and 11 assists (28 points) in 64 games with Hershey last season.