Holtby allowed one goal on 33 shots in the Capitals’ shootout loss in Tampa Bay on Saturday. Holtby has suddenly lost three in a row while posting a 2.68 GAA and .918 SV%. Tonight he faces a Sabres team that has lost three of their last five—Holtby is 6-4-0 with a 2.11 GAA and .914 SV% in 10 starts on home-ice this season.
Holtby gave up three goals on 28 shots in the Capitals’ loss to the Islanders on Thursday. All of a sudden, Holtby has lost two straight while giving up a combined seven goals on 65 shots (.892 SV%). Holtby has gone 4-2-1 with a 2.40 GAA and .924 SV% in seven starts on the road this season.
The Capitals have sent Paul Carey to Hershey (AHL).
Carey, 28, had no points in one game with the Capitals. He returns to Hershey, where he collected 14 points (5G / 9A) in 16 games earlier in the season. Jakub Vrana will take Carey’s spot on the roster.
Vrana was recalled from Hershey (AHL) on Wednesday after posting nine goals and seven assists (16 points) in 18 AHL games. The 20-year-old forward was selected 13th overall in 2014 and will make his NHL debut on the Capitals’ second line tonight. Vrana has picked up 25 goals and 30 assists (55 points) in 57 career AHL games.
Niskanen left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, but he will be in the lineup tonight, despite missing a practice this week. Niskanen will play on the Capitals’ top power-play, but comes in with no goals on 38 shots and has nine assists in 21 games.
Holtby will be in goal on Thursday vs. the Islanders.
Holtby allowed four goals on 37 shots in the Capitals’ loss in Toronto on Saturday. Holtby made 10 starts in November and went 7-3-0 with a 2.20 GAA, .923 SV% and one shutout. Tonight, Holtby will face the Islanders for the second time this season—he stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 2-1 win in the first meeting.
Niskanen left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury and did not return and missing Monday’s practice suggests that he could miss some time. The Capitals don’t play until Thursday, so monitor Niskanen’s status as the week progresses.
Oshie (upper-body) returned to the ice for practice on Monday.
Oshie has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury, but he was back on the ice for Monday’s practice, which is a good sign for Oshie moving forward. Oshie didn’t have a timetable for his return, but practicing is a good sign that he’ll be back later this week.
Holtby allowed three goals on 21 shots in the Capitals’ win vs. St. Louis on Wednesday. Philipp Grubauer got the nod last night, but Holtby will go tonight in Toronto. Holtby has won four of his last five starts while posting a 1.79 GAA, .930 SV% and one shutout. The 27-year-old has gone 4-1-1 in six starts on the road this season.
Grubauer allowed two goals on 27 shots i the Capitals loss in Columbus on November 15th. He won his first two starts, but lost his last two and will make start No.5 tonight vs. Buffalo. Grubauer has a .925 SV% on the season and makes for a solid spot-start option.
Holtby will be in goal on Wednesday vs. St. Louis.
Holtby allowed three goals on 23 shots in the Capitals loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday. The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for Holtby, who is now 6-2-0 with a 1.86 GAA and .934 SV% in November. Tonight he takes on a Blues team that rolls into town on a four-game winning streak.
Eller (upper-body) is questionable for Wednesday vs. St. Louis.
Eller missed Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury that he suffered on Friday and he remains questionable for Wednesday’s game. Eller has just two goals in 17 games this season, so he shouldn’t be considered a valid fantasy option anyways.