Holden will serve as a healthy scratch for the first time this season when the Rangers take on the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Holden has been a reliable force for New York this season and has played decently in the first two games of this first-round series, posting an assist, a minus-1 rating and nine hits while averaging 20:58 of ice time, so coach Alain Vigneault's decision to hold him out of this one is likely in an effort to keep Montreal guessing. Holden could very well draw back into the lineup for Game 4, but in the meantime, Kevin Klein will receive the nod on the third defensive pairing with Brendan Smith moving up to the second.
Holden (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Penguins. Holden took the last two games off to rest his "bumps and bruises" and will use Sunday's contest as a final tune-up before the playoffs begin for the Blueshirts. He's slated to skate on New York's second defensive pairing with Marc Staal and will look to repeat his last performance against Pittsburgh when he recorded a goal and an assist.
Holden (undisclosed) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against Washington. Holden's absence is for maintenance reasons, so he'll be one of six Rangers sitting Wednesday's tilt out due to "bumps and bruises." However, the 29-year-old blueliner is fully expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs. With Holden unavailable, Steve Kampfer will draw into the lineup against the Capitals.
Holden scored an unassisted power-play goal and recorded an assist, three shots on net, three blocked shots and a minor penalty during Friday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old defenseman has had a career year in his debut season with the Rangers, and it's particularly impressive that Friday's showing came with an increased role. Holden climbed the depth chart with Ryan McDonagh (undisclosed) out of the mix, and the first-year Ranger rose to the occasion. You'll want to keep expectations in check over the long haul with Holden, but he's proven to be a serviceable fantasy asset in deeper settings and as an occasional flier in daily contests.
Holden scored his 10th goal of the year in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Florida. He's now hit double-digit goals in the four NHL seasons in which he's seen significant action, and the marker also pushed him to 30 points for the first time. Holden's shooting percentage remains insane -- he's taken only 64 shots in 67 games -- but like Kevin Klein the last couple of seasons, he's maintaining seemingly unsustainable production from the Rangers' blue line. That plus-14 rating adds an extra sheen to his fantasy appeal.
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