Holtby and Capitals on a Roll

Braden Holtby trade rumors

For the 12th time this season, the Capitals held their opponent to 25 or fewer shots, matching their total from the previous two seasons combined and shutting out the Flyers Wednesday night for a 1-0 victory. The Caps had 23 shots on goal and Chimera was the lone scorer in the first period.

Wednesday night marked the Capitals’ first 1-0 shutout since January 11, 2012 against the Penguins at the Verizon Center. It also marked Holtby’s 4th shutout of the season and the 15th of his career. He has played in 26 consecutive games, a franchise record, and started in the last 20. Not impressed yet? He’s currently tied for 2nd in league starts at 37 and tied for 4th in league shutouts – 3 of those shutouts have been within the last 20 games, of which he is 14-2-4. I could go on and on with his incredible stats – he’s 3rd in the league for saves with 978 (behind Pekka Rinne by only 20), is tied for 2nd with games started at 37, and hasn’t let up more than 1 goal in his last 3 games – but what’s the point? Holtby is on a roll and that’s what you need to know. We all wondered about his future as he fumbled through last season but he has more than made up for it this year, especially in the more recent games.

While much of Holtby’s success is and should be credited to the 25-year-old goalie, the entire team has been playing much more confidently and keeping the opposing teams on defense more often. The Caps have been the first to score in their last 7 games and have won 23 games this season when scoring first, the highest in the league. They have earned at least 1 point in 18 of their last 19 games, bringing them within 3 points of the Islanders for the Metropolitan Division lead. Their victory against the Flyers marked their 7th straight home win, matching their longest home winning streak in 3 years. They have won 14 of their last 19 games. Bottom line? The Caps are on fire and show no sign of slowing anytime soon.

The Caps will be in Nashville on Friday, where Coach Trotz will face the Predators for the first time since coaching them for 15 seasons. Rumor has it that Holtby will likely start against Nashville but rest against the Stars, to be played in Dallas on Saturday night.

Emily Miranda

Emily is a writer based in Washington, D.C. and follows the Caps

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