Holtby turned aside 29 of 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers. The 29-year-old is struggling to find his Stanley Cup form, posting an .898 save percentage through his first five starts of the season, but Alex Ovechkin and the Caps' offense have still carried Holtby to a 3-1-1 record. The netminder did lose his starting job at one point last season, but even if he continues to post mediocre numbers, minor-league veteran Pheonix Copley -- Washington's current No. 2 -- wouldn't seem to be much of a threat to Holtby's spot.
Holtby will be in the crease against the visiting Rangers on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Holtby is 10-9-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .920 save percentage in 21 career games facing the Blueshirts. It's been a wild start to the season for Washington's top netminder, as he's already recorded a shutout as well as two games of yielding four-plus goals.
Holtby made 24 saves Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Toronto. It has been a tale of polar opposites for Holtby this season. In two wins, he has allowed just two goals. In two losses, he has surrendered 11. Remember -- Holtby was up and down all season last year and there were questions about his ability to carry the Caps in the postseason. Watch his game carefully. Is he the guy he was last year or the one who delivered more than 40 wins in each of the previous three seasons? Your season may hinge on the answer.
Holtby will get the start at home against the Maple Leafs, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Holtby carries a 2.98 GAA and .907 save percentage behind a 2-0-1 record in three games into Saturday's action. The Capitals will be trying to atone for a poor performance in Thursday's 6-0 loss to the Devils but will be doing so against the hottest offense in the NHL. The 29-year-old netminder is one of the league's best, but this could be a rough night for him if the team defense doesn't improve, so exercise caution when setting your lineups.
Holtby stopped 29 of 31 shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights. Just as he did in last season's Stanley Cup Finals, Holtby mostly shut down the Vegas offense while Alex Ovechkin and company gave him plenty of support. It was a solid rebound for the netminder after he got shelled by the Penguins in his last start, but Holtby has still helped the Caps to points in each of his first three outings (two wins and an overtime loss).
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