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Holtby is slated to square off against Jaroslav Halak in Monday's Game 7 against the Islanders, NESN.com reports.

Through the first six games of the series, five of which he has started, 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.

Braden Holtby G WAS 2 days ago

Holtby made 35 saves in a penalty-filled, 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night. He allowed two goals.

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. 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.

Braden Holtby G WAS 2 days ago

Holtby will be between the pipes in Saturday's Game 6 against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Holtby was excellent in Game 5 on Thursday, turning away 22 of the 23 shots he faced. He'll look to build on that excellent performance in Game 6 on Saturday.

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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.

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.

Braden Holtby G WAS 4 days ago

Holtby will be in the crease for Thursday's Game 5 against the Islanders.

There's little doubt that the Capitals plan on sticking with 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.

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Holtby turned away 36 of 37 shots Tuesday in a 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Islanders.

Other than a surprising Casey Cizikas goal in the waning seconds of the first period, 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.

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Holtby is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

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.

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Holtby allowed two goals on 42 shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime Game 3 loss to the Islanders.

Following a shaky Game 1 and then a bout with an illness that forced him out of the second game, 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.

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Holtby will start in net for Game 2 Sunday against the Islanders, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

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.

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Head coach Barry Trotz said he expects Holtby (illness) to start for Sunday's matinee against the Islanders, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

Holtby was expected to start for Friday night's Game 2, but was still feeling the effects of an as yet unknown illness. Back on the ice for practice Saturday, Holtby said he felt much better, and at this point appears the likely starter for Game 3 on Sunday. However, Phillip Grubauer played well in Holtby's absence, stopping 18 of 21 shots in Washington's win on Friday, so while Holtby's chances of playing Sunday look good, nothing has been set in stone yet, so check back prior to puck drop.