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Braden Holtby | Goalie

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 203
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped 18 of the 22 shots he faced Wednesday night in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
Holtby is now 3-2-1. His goals-against average is 2.25 and he has a .907 save percentage. Many fantasy experts believe Holtby can become a strong goaltending option but to say he's already reached that level would be overstating it. Oct 29 - 10:27 PM

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Braden Holtby bounced back Saturday night with 20 saves in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Flames.

Holtby gave up three goals in a loss to Edmonton a game prior, so this was nice to see. He’s a sleeper this season as someone who could reach the upper tier of the league’s netminders. Holtby is now playing behind a much more structured team defensively, so that should help his cause. He has a 1.92 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
Oct 26 - 1:05 AM

Braden Holtby stopped 17-of-20 shots fired his way in the Capitals 3-2 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday.

Holtby got a little unlucky on the game winning goal as the point shot was a knuckle-puck that got through a screen in front of him but other than that he didn't have too much to complain about. It wasn't really a great performance from the Caps' number one. Holtby still owns a solid 2.17 GAA to go with a .917 save percentage in five appearances this season.
Oct 23 - 12:44 AM

Braden Holtby and the Caps cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday night, as the 25-year-old made 26 saves for the win.

Holtby has been superb this season, save for a brief, forgettable performance on Tuesday night versus San Jose. The Lloydminster, Sask. native is 2-0-1 this season with a .932 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average.
Oct 16 - 11:42 PM

Braden Holtby had a night to forget Tuesday as he allowed three goals on just seven shots in a loss to the Sharks.

Holtby lasted just nine and a half minutes before he was replaced by backup Justin Peters, who played the rest of the game and turned aside 14 of the 16 shots he faced in that span. Holtby's record stands at 1-0-1 while he holds a 1.78 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
Oct 14 - 11:24 PM

Braden Holtby will get the nod on Tuesday against San Jose.

It will be Holtby's third straight start. He has allowed just one goal so far, so it's not surprising that the Capitals haven't given him a game off yet.
Oct 14 - 1:31 PM

Braden Holtby sticked aside all 29 shots he faced in the Capitals’ 4-0 win over Boston on Saturday night.

Holtby is a popular breakout candidate this season, with the main reason being that more attention is being paid to defense in Washington now and that he's generally had good five-on-five save percentages. He is off to a strong start this season, giving up one goal on 53 shots. Beware, though: We have seen this before from Holtby, so it would be nice to see him go on a little run before he’s fully trustworthy.
Oct 11 - 10:01 PM

Braden Holtby stopped 23 of 24 shots through overtime to kick off the Capitals' 40th seasons, unfortunately he let up three goals in the shootout.

He played a solid game and it took a perfect snipe from Tomas Plekanec to tie the game late, and very creative shootout moves by Brendan Gallagher to seal it. Proceed using Holtby with confidence.
Oct 10 - 2:16 AM

Braden Holtby is thrilled to have a new goaltender coach as Mitch Korn has taken over the job.

Holtby struggled last season under coach Adam Oates with a 23-15-4 record to go with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The number one goaltender at the start of the season, Holtby spent lengthy portions of the season on the bench as Oates also played Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuwirth and Jaroslav Halak. "I'm very familiar with what he brings to the table," Holtby said. "From our first meeting, I realized how experienced and how prepared he is and it's going to be a really fun time to pick his brain and learn as much as I can from him." The new backup should be Justin Peters. Look for Holtby to return to his 2013 form where he was 23-12-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 14 - 10:39 AM

Braden Holtby appreciates that the Capitals have shown confidence in him during the off-season and he intends to prove himself this season.

"It's nice to have some confidence in you to start. But I always know in the past, and obviously the last few years, you're only as good as the game you start next," he said. "It's nice to have confidence in me that they believe in what I can do, and I do as well, but once we get on the ice, I want to fight for every game I can play and make sure that confidence is in the right place and it's up to me to find it." The coaching staff tried to change his style last year and he didn't adjust well to the moves. Holtby was better at the end of the season, but it was hectic year with Philipp Grubauer, Jaroslav Halak and Michal Neuvirth contesting for playing time. Washington appears to be more stable now with Holby as the starter and Justin Peters or Grubauer as the backup. Holtby feels he learned a lot from "an exhausting season" and he's excited for this campaign to get going. He could be an undervalued netminder to keep in mind on draft day.
Aug 6 - 11:19 AM

By not signing veteran free agents Martin Brodeur or Tomas Vokoun, and by signing Justin Peters as a backup goalie, the Washington Capitals made it clear that they are sticking with Braden Holtby as their main man in net.

"We want Holtby to be our guy and we want him to be supported by a good backup," Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said after signing Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million contract. "Peters is a good backup in our mind and he has some upside, too. He’s 28 years old, he’s still a young guy. He’s a good teammate, he gets along with the No. 1 guys he’s played with, so we thought it was a match that way. I mean, if you bring in an older, experienced guy it’s going to cost us more money and it might have been a little more pressure on Holtby. We wanted to send a message to Holtby that he’s our No. 1 guy." Holtby had a career-worst .915 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average last season, which makes next season a huge one considering Holtby is entering the final season of a two-year, $3.7 million contract.
Jul 6 - 10:21 AM

The Washington Capitals plan to stick with Braden Holtby as their starting goaltender for the 2014-15 campaign.

Holtby had a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage in 48 games last season, but Capitals GM Brian MacLellan thinks he'll bounce back. The fact that the Capitals' coaching staff is changing could help Holtby as the 24-year-old netminder didn't feel comfortable with former coach Adam Oates' goaltending strategy.
Jun 17 - 11:20 AM

Braden Holtby ended up tied for sixth on five-on-five save percentage this season.

He had a .930 mark when considering goalies who played at least 41 games. This is notable because the Capitals will now presumably be firming up their structure and playing a little more defensive minded on a whole under new coach Barry Trotz. With an overall .915 save percentage, Holtby didn’t seem to have the best of seasons, but this gives fantasy owners some perspective that there is something to dream on here with the 24-year-old.
Jun 14 - 8:52 PM

Braden Holtby suggested that his struggles this season were partially caused by changes the coaching staff wanted him to make.

"It's obviously been well documented the changes that we tried," Holtby said. "Nothing against what the philosophy was, it just didn't coincide with my personality and my natural instincts. The changes led to a lot of second guessing myself and over-thinking things. The moment you start doing that you start to struggle, and when you struggle your confidence goes down a bit." Holtby had a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage in 48 games this season. If the Capitals re-sign Jaroslav Halak, then Holtby will have to fight hard for the starting job.
Apr 17 - 10:43 AM

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby saw his 2013-14 season end in an odd way, as he logged a 32-save shutout but didn't win because the Tampa Bay Lightning won 1-0 via a shootout.

Holtby carried a three-game winning streak into Sunday. He finishes the season with solid stats (23-15-4, .915 save percentage, four shutouts) that might not be good enough for the Caps' brass. In a way, it fits the team: solid at times, but ultimately not good enough.
Apr 13 - 7:14 PM

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