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.
Holden tallied a helper in Monday's win over Columbus. With the point, the first-year Ranger officially has a new career high (26, including eight goals). What's most impressive is Holden's plus-20 rating, which is ninth among league defensemen.
Holden (personal) will play against the Maple Leafs on Friday night. Looks like Holden really was just given a day off from practice Thursday and he'll be in the lineup Friday with seemingly no ill effects. He'll likely maintain his spot on the Rangers' second defensive pairing alongside Dan Girardi.
Holden did not skate Thursday due to personal reasons. It's unclear why exactly Holden was given the day off, but it has to make his status for Friday's game against the Maple Leafs questionable as of now. The Alberta native has enjoyed an expanded role on New York's blue line and has been scoring like crazy recently, notching six points in as many games. Hopefully, the issue keeping him out of practice is not a serious one.
Holden scored the Rangers' only goal -- his eighth of the year -- in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Buffalo. It came on his only shot of the game, which is fitting, considering the way Holden's shooting percentage has skyrocketed this season. Half of the 29-year-old's goals have come in the last four games, reflecting a sharp increase in his usage, although his minutes did drop under 20 in this one -- just the second time that's happened in the last eight games. Holden is already just two shy of his career-high 10 goals and four shy of his career-high 25 points, both set in 2013-14 with Colorado. The stats scream "unsustainable," but he just keeps on rolling anyway.
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