Capitals goalie Braden Holtby can join some elite company Tuesday night in Minnesota.
With a victory, Holtby would become just the third netminder in NHL history to record three consecutive 40 win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10).
Holtby can also become the sixth goalie to post at least three career 40 win seasons, entering the company of Brodeur, Miikka Kiprusoff, Nabokov, Jacques Plante and Terry Sawchuck. (For some perspective, Brodeur won 40 games eight times.)
Holtby would also become the only active goalie with three 40 win seasons.
In addition, Holtby’s 39 wins are already the fourth most in Caps’ history. (Holtby posted 48 wins last season en route to claiming the Vezina Trophy, while Holtby and Olie Kolzig are tied for next on the list with 41.)
So, yeah, Holtby is on some kinda run.
On the season, the 27-year-old ranks first in the NHL in shutouts (8), second in wins, second in goals against average (2.01) and is tied for second in save percentage (.927).
If Holtby records another shutout—the Caps have only eight games remaining and at least a couple are likely to go to backup Philipp Grubauer—he can tie the franchise record for shutouts in a season with his ninth. Holtby (2014-15) and Jim Carey (1995-96) currently share that mark.
In his career against Minnesota, Holtby is 6-2-0 with a .923 save percentage, a 2.24 goals against average and one shutout. Holtby made 30 saves to beat the Wild, 4-2, in Washington earlier this month. Minnesota has already clinched a playoff berth but has lost 10 of its last 12 games.
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