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70 Braden Holtby G
Height/Weight: 6-2/203 | Birthdate: 9/16/1989 | Birthplace: Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Cana | Team: Washington Capitals | College: None | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $600,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/75 | Average Draft Position: 49.88
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7/25/2015

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Braden Holtby

Holtby Signs Five-Year Contract With Capitals

News: Braden Holtby signed a five-year, $30.5 million contract with the Capitals on Friday, Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby was in for a big pay day after his fantastic performance in 2014-15, going 41-20-10 with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He's only 25 years old, and should continue to be one of the league's top netminders for the foreseeable future.

7/5/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' RFA Holtby Files For Salary Arbitration

News: Braden Holtby filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, and will have his hearing heard during the arbitration period from July 20th to August 4th, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: If he goes through arbitration, Braden Holtby will receive a contract with a maximum term of two years, the Capitals choice given that Holtby's camp chose to file for arbitration. An arbitration period certainly imposes a specific timeframe for the Capitals to work out a long-term extension for Holtby, who is coming off a career year in which he posted a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage en route to a 41-20-10 record over 73 games during the regular season. Rounding out a season worthy of Vezina consideration (although he was not a finalist for the award), Holtby turned in an outstanding post-season effort cut short by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but not before winning six games with a 1.71 GAA and .944 save percentage. All signs point to a big pay day for Holtby who has emerged as one of the league's top goaltenders, and while the Capitals are unlikely to let him slip away, there does appear to be some roadblocks in getting a deal done at the moment.

5/13/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Allows Two In OT Loss

News: Braden Holtby stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced in Wednesday's 2-1 OT loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Derek Stepan's game winner in overtime clinched the series for the Rangers, sending Braden Holtby and the Caps home after they held a 3-1 series lead. Holtby played extremely well in the playoffs, though, recording a save percentage of .944 and a 1.71 GAA overall.

5/13/2015

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Braden Holtby

Capitals' Holtby To Start Wednesday

News: Braden Holtby will get the start Wednesday for Game 7 against the Rangers, Mike Vogel of washingtoncaps.com reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby has been stellar for much of Washington's series against New York, but allowed four goals on 28 shots in a Game 6 loss. He'll remain in net Wednesday as the Capitals look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

5/10/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Finally Human In Game 6

News: Braden Holtby finally saw his hot streak come to an end Sunday, as he gave up four goals on 28 shots in a 4-3 Game 6 defeat at the hands of the Rangers.
Analysis: Braden Holtby has been simply magnificent in these playoffs, and particularly in the first five games against the Rangers, during which he stopped a whopping 162 of 169 shots (.959), but the Blueshirts finally got to him in this one. The goals were painful ones, too. Chris Kreider powered in and put a backhander past him just 40 seconds into the game, then scored again with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first period. Then in the third, Rick Nash became the second Ranger in the game to beat Holtby in a period's first minute. Holtby still made a number of outstanding saves to keep this game -- dominated for long stretches by the Rangers in the first two periods -- close, but he was still uncharacteristically beatable. He'll look to avoid another playoff disappointment against the Rangers when the series returns to New York for Game 7 on Wednesday.

5/10/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Starting Game 6

News: Braden Holtby will start between the pipes again for Game 6 on Sunday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby doesn't really need confirmation, as the Capitals weren't going to look anywhere else, but he will indeed start in the cage. He's coming off a tough overtime loss Friday in which he set aside 41 of the 43 shots he faced. He and the Caps will look to close things out Sunday against at home against the Rangers.

5/9/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS Caps' Holtby Makes 41 Saves In Game 5 OT Loss

Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Makes 41 Saves In Game 5 OT Loss

News: Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 43 shots in Friday's Game 5 overtime loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Another fantastic outing from Braden Holtby, who has stopped 99 of the last 102 shots he's faced. The 25-year-old is sporting a remarkable .951 save percentage in these playoffs and is a huge reason why Washington is currently leading the Rangers 3-2 in their best-of-seven series. With the battle shifting back to Washington for Game 6, look for Holtby to have a strong outing at home in hopes of closing out the series and propelling the Capitals to the Eastern Conference Final.

5/8/2015

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Braden Holtby

Capitals' Holtby Will Start Friday

News: Braden Holtby will be in net in Friday's Game 5 against the Rangers, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: It's no surprise that the Caps are continuing to roll with Braden Holtby against the Rangers, as he's been lights out this postseason. He's allowed five goals on 126 shots against the Rangers thus far in the Capitals' second round series for an outstanding .960 save percentage. If he is able to post a similar performance in Friday's Game 5, the Capitals will likely be moving on to the Eastern Conference finals.

5/7/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps Roll With Holtby

News: Braden Holtby is in line to start Wednesday's Game 4 against the Rangers.
Analysis: It's a virtual lock that barring an injury, Braden Holtby -- who stopped all 30 of the shots that he saw in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers -- will start all of the Caps' postseason contests, with the same assumption also applicable to New York's Henrik Lundqvist.

5/6/2015

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Braden Holtby

Capitals' Holtby Stops 28 In Win

News: Braden Holtby made 28 saves on 29 shots, and stopped a penalty shot, in a Game 4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Braden Holtby has been the difference for this Capitals team in comparison to teams from prior seasons. He's been outstanding this postseason, and now Washington is one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. If they win it all, Holtby could be in line for a Conn Smythe.

5/4/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS

Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Perfect In Game 3

News: Braden Holtby denied all 30 shots in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Braden Holtby has been stellar this postseason as he's posted a .948 save percentage in nine games and he's kept getting better as he's now at .958 in the second round. The offense in front of him was only able to muster one goal, so the shutout was crucial to preserve the win and grab the series lead. The Caps will likely need another big performance out of Holtby to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Wednesday's Game 4.

5/4/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Back In For Game 3

News: Braden Holtby will man the crease for Monday's Game 3 against the Rangers.
Analysis: Braden Holtby played well in Game 2, stopping 32 of 35 shots, but the Capitals weren't able to muster up enough offense against opposing netminder Henrik Lundqvist. With the series returning to Washington on Monday, Holtby will probably have a better chance at getting back on the winning track, but if the one-goal victory margins in Games 1 and 2 are any indication, it certainly won't come easy.

5/2/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby: Strong Game In Loss

News: Braden Holtby made 32 saves in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Their series is now tied at one game each.
Analysis: His teammates didn't play a consistent game in front of him and the score was somewhat generous -- the Caps were flat-out dominated in the first period and were outshot 15-4. And they had to kill off three penalties in the first alone. Braden Holtby was outstanding and should be pumped to return to Washington with the series tied.

5/1/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS Holtby, Caps Open Second Round With Win

Braden Holtby

Holtby, Caps Open Second Round With Win

News: Braden Holtby stopped 31 of 32 shots Thursday to start the second round with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.
Analysis: He took a 1-0 lead deep into the third period, only to give up the game-tying goal to Jesper Fast with 4:39 remaining. Fortunately, Braden Holtby was bailed out by Joel Ward, who bailed out the Capitals with a game-winning, overtime-avoiding goal with 1.3 seconds left. There's a strong argument to be made that Holtby has been the best goalie in these playoffs so far, and he's always played well in previous postseason meetings with the Rangers.

4/30/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps Start Second Round With Holtby In Net

News: Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1 match against the Rangers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby started six of the seven games of the Capitals' first-round series win over the Islanders, missing his lone contest due to an illness. He finished the series with a 1.63 GAA and .943 save percentage, and may need to post similar numbers to have a shot at upsetting the Presidents' Trophy winners, who easily dispatched the Penguins in five games during Round 1.

4/27/2015

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Braden Holtby

Holtby, Caps Get Game 7 Win

News: Braden Holtby needed just 10 saves on 11 shots in Monday's Game 7 win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Braden Holtby wasn't heavily tested in this one as he didn't face more than four shots in any of the three periods, but he had to stay on his game throughout as the game-winning goal didn't come until under eight minutes remained in regulation. He ended the series on a roll as he allowed just five goals over the final four games, and figures to be between the pipes going forward as the Caps advance to take on the Rangers.

4/27/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps Roll With Holtby In Game 7

News: Braden Holtby is slated to square off against Jaroslav Halak in Monday's Game 7 against the Islanders, NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Through the first six games of the series, five of which he has started, Braden Holtby has turned in a nifty .945 save percentage, to go along with a 1.75 GAA. Per Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, Philipp Grubauer is slated to continue to serve as Holtby's backup on Monday, with Justin Peters on track to be among the Caps' Game 7 scratches.

4/25/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS

Braden Holtby

Holtby Strong In Caps Loss, Makes 35 Saves

News: Braden Holtby made 35 saves in a penalty-filled, 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night. He allowed two goals.
Analysis: The game was chaotic and the winning goal was scored when the Isles poked the puck loose out of a shoving match that was going on between the benches and broke in on net. Braden Holtby was left on his own with a wide-open Nik Kulemin streaking at him. The Caps return home for Game 7 on Monday and Holtby will be between the pipes.

4/25/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS

Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Will Start Saturday

News: Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for Saturday's Game 6 against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby has been generally excellent all series and particularly so in Game 5 on Thursday, turning away 22 of the 23 shots he faced. He'll look to eliminate the Islanders on Saturday and prepare for a second-round showdown with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers, who dispatched the Penguins in five games.

4/23/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS Sharp Holtby, Caps Take Series Lead

Braden Holtby

Sharp Holtby, Caps Take Series Lead

News: Braden Holtby turned away 22 of 23 shots Thursday night in Game 5 against the Islanders, taking home a 5-1 win and a 3-2 series lead.
Analysis: Braden Holtby's stellar netminding in this series continues, as he's now given up only four goals in his last three games while helping the Caps dig themselves out of an early hole. He'll be between the pipes again Saturday in New York, looking to end the Isles' season.

4/23/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS

Braden Holtby

Caps Going With Holtby For Game 5

News: Braden Holtby will be in the crease for Thursday's Game 5 against the Islanders.
Analysis: There's little doubt that the Capitals plan on sticking with Braden Holtby for the remainder of the series now that his bout with an illness that sidelined him for Game 2 seems to have subsided. Holtby has looked mostly sharp in his three games against the Islanders thus far, and owns an excellent 2.02 GAA and .932 save percentage over 24 career postseason appearances.

4/21/2015

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Braden Holtby

Holtby Stars As Caps Even Series With Isles

News: Braden Holtby turned away 36 of 37 shots Tuesday in a 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Islanders.
Analysis: Other than a surprising Casey Cizikas goal in the waning seconds of the first period, Braden Holtby was perfect against a determined Islander attack to get his first win in three tries during this series. Now it's 2-2 and heading back to Washington, where Holtby's sure to start in Game 5.

4/21/2015

Braden Holtby, G, WAS

Braden Holtby

Caps Stick With Holtby

News: Braden Holtby is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby, who missed this past Friday's 4-3 win due to an illness, returned to stop 40 of 42 shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders. He'll now look to help the Caps even their series against the Isles at two games apiece on the road Tuesday night.

4/20/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps' Holtby Stops 40 In Loss

News: Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 42 shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime Game 3 loss to the Islanders.
Analysis: Following a shaky Game 1 and then a bout with an illness that forced him out of the second game, Braden Holtby was much better in this one but suffered the tough-luck loss as he allowed a goal just 15 seconds into overtime. The 40 saves were a season high for Holtby, but his mates mustered just 25 shots on the other end, so he'll have to be on top of his game again Tuesday in order to tie the series back up before heading back to the nation's capital.

4/19/2015

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Braden Holtby

Caps Turn To Holtby (Illness) Sunday

News: Braden Holtby will start in net for Game 3 Sunday against the Islanders, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby missed Friday's opener because of the illness, but will return to the net Sunday with Philipp Grubauer backing him up. Barring something unforseen, this will likely be the case the remainder of the series.