Braden Holtby
G WSH
1 month ago

Holtby claimed his first career William M. Jennings Trophy after backstopping the Capitals to a league-best 2.16 goals against per game.

EDGE Analysis

Holtby is the sole winner of the Jennings this season even though the award is often shared by the team's goaltending tandem because backup Philipp Grubauer fell one game shy of qualifying for the award, which requires a goalie to play at least 25 games. Holtby is the first Capital to win the award since 1984 when Al Jensen and Pat Riggin shared it, and finished the season with career bests in GAA (2.07) and save percentage (.925), and also tied a career-high with nine shutouts. The Caps blue line, which was among the best and deepest this past season, is expected to undergo significant changes, but it should not impact Holtby's fantasy value very much, who remains an elite No. 1 starter in his own right. Barry Trotz's teams are known to be very structured and responsible on defense, which puts Holtby and the Caps in a good position to replicate their Presidents' Trophy-winning season.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
2 months ago

Holtby finished the 2016-17 season with a 2.07 GAA and .925 save percentage en route to a 42-13-6 record in 63 games.

EDGE Analysis

Only his win totals diminished from his Vezina Trophy-winning campaign of 2015-16 as Holtby had his most impressive season yet as the Capitals starting netminder, notching his third straight 40+ win season. Despite the glowing numbers, he faces stiff competition for the Vezina Trophy from Sergei Bobrovsky and Devan Dubnyk, so it's not certain he'll have more hardware on his mantle come July. One thing that is certain: The 27-year-old Canadian is one of the league's very best goaltenders and should be one of the first players off the boards in most upcoming fantasy drafts.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
2 months ago

Holtby allowed two goals on 28 shots in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 7.

EDGE Analysis

What a disappointing end for Holtby and the Capitals, who were heavily favored in Game 7 after dismantling the Penguins in the previous two contests. No matter how good of an individual performance the Saskatchewan native has had in the regular season, or how successful his team has been as a whole, the Capitals just haven't been able to break through despite perennially finishing at (or near) the top of the standings year after year. Holtby finishes the 2017 postseason with a 7-6 record, 2.47 GAA and .909 save percentage -- numbers that leave plenty to be desired in contrast to his regular-season marks of 2.07 and .925.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby will defend the cage for the third-consecutive outing in Wednesday's Game 7 against Pittsburgh, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite winning the last two games, Holtby's really only had one good fantasy outing in this series, which was a Game 3 win. A big part of the reason that Holtby's save percentage in this series is an ugly .878 is that the Penguins just haven't been getting a lot of pucks on goal. For the series, Holtby's faced an average of 20.5 shots per game, but when removing his Game 3 performance when he faced 30 shots, this average falls to 18.6 shots per contest. Though he's more than capable of taking home a huge "W" in Game 7, even allowing two goals while seeing so few shots can sink his save percentage and erode fantasy value.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby turned aside 16 of 18 shots in a 5-2 win over the Penguins in Game 6 on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The Holtbeast actually had a shutout going until the home team potted two garbage-time goals within the last four minutes of regulation. Thanks to his backstopping the Caps to back-to-back wins while facing elimination, Holtby now gets an opportunity on home ice where a win would punch a ticket to the Eastern Conference Final. Game 7 goes Wednesday at Verizon Center.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby will start Game 6 against the Penguins on Monday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Saskatchewan native will look to build upon a strong 22-save Game 5 performance that amounted to a 4-2 win and sent the series back to the Steel City. Holtby hasn't recorded back-to-back wins this series, but he'll need to Monday in order for the Caps to force a deciding Game 7 in D.C.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby made 20 saves in Saturday's 4-2, Game 5 win over the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

He has been average at best for most of the postseason, but Saturday, Holtby looked like he had turned up the dial a couple notches. Holtby has the ability to win this series on his own and that might be what Washington needs to get past Pittsburgh.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby will start between the pipes in Saturday's Game 5 against the Penguins, Mike Vogel of Monumental Sports Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Holtby was extremely shaky in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to Pittsburgh, surrendering three goals on just 18 shots. Even worse, the Penguins were without two of their best forwards in Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Conor Sheary (concussion) in Game 4, and both players could return to the lineup for Game 5 after participating in Friday's practice session. Either way, Holtby will need to bounce back and submit a far better performance Saturday for the Capitals to have any shot at staving off elimination.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby allowed three goals on just 18 shots in a 3-2 loss Wednesday to the Penguins in Game 4.

EDGE Analysis

With the Penguins down two of their best players in Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary (concussions), Holtby ultimately failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity to even up the series. Arguably the best goaltender in the league --

at least normally -- the Saskatchewan native is now a pedestrian 5-5 in the playoffs, with an equally lackluster .909 save percentage and 2.59 GAA. He'll be back at home for Game 5 on Saturday, but the fact the Caps need to rattle off three straight wins against the defending Cup champions doesn't bode well for his fantasy outlook.

Braden Holtby
G WSH
3 months ago

Holtby will get the starting nod for Wednesday's Game 4 clash against the Penguins, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Holtby rebounded from a disastrous Game 2 in which he gave up three goals prior to getting the hook by making 28 of a possible 30 saves to secure the victory Monday. The netminder will almost certainly face a diminished Penguins offense in Wednesday's contest considering Pittsburgh will be missing both Conor Sheary (concussion) and -- more importantly -- Sidney Crosby (concussion).