Copley made 21 saves in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. He allowed two goals. Copley has a strong record -- he's 16-7-3 in 24 starts. But his 2.94 GAA and .904 save percentage aren't encouraging. Copley's record is influenced by team play, but the Caps couldn't muster much Saturday.
Copley will command the crease in Saturday's home game against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. A particularly important nugget from Gulitti -- as relayed by head coach Todd Reirden -- is that Copley is going to play the full game. That's not always an apparent distinction for starting netminders at this time of year, and fantasy owners should consider exploiting the advantage in daily formats. Copley is 16-6-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .904 save percentage through 26 games; he'd previously only appeared in two contests over a pair of seasons with the Blues. The Capitals have already clinched the Metropolitan Division, while the Isles are only three points back.
Copley turned aside 29 of 33 shots in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers. Florida's final goal came into an empty net. The Caps were asleep in all three zones for the first 40 minutes, sticking Copley with a 4-0 deficit heading into the third period, but he did hold down the fort while they staged a rally that eventually fell short. With the club nearly locked into the top spot in the Metropolitan Division -- it's three points up on the Islanders, with each team having two games left to play -- Copley could get one more start in order to snatch a bit of extra rest for Braden Holtby before the playoffs.
Copley will patrol the crease versus the Panthers on the road Monday. The Capitals can secure a Metropolitan Division title Monday. If they do, it could open the door for Copley to get the nod for one of the last two games of the year as well. In 25 appearances this year, the Alaska native has gone 16-5-3 with one shutout and a 2.88 GAA. Once the playoffs start, Copley will be a permanent fixture on the Caps bench, though he has proven capable of taking the reins should starter Braden Holtby suffer an injury.
Copley allowed one goal on 21 shots faced during Tuesday's 4-1 road win over the Devils. Copley has been one of the league's most dependable backups in his first full season in the big leagues with a 2.88 GAA and .906 save percentage behind a 16-5-3 record in 25 starts. The 26-year-old is a solid spot-start whenever he's called upon between the pipes.
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