The Washington Capitals just finished one of the greatest seasons in franchise history with 56 wins, 120 points and are sitting in the top five of most of the major categories. They also had a goaltender named Braden Holtby who notched 48 wins, tying the all-time record set in 2005-06 by New Jersey Devils Goaltender and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Martin Brodeur.
Braden Holtby is the number one starter for the Caps with a quality backup in Philip Grubauer. Dan Ellis and Justin Peters are your goaltenders in Hershey and can be called up in case anything happens.
#70 – Braden Holtby
The Vezina Trophy frontrunner entered into his sixth as a Washington Capital, with the past few seasons as starter. He finished the 2015-16 campaign 48-9-7 with a 2.20 GAA and .920 save percentage. A historic season, Mitch Korn has to take some credit for helping Holtby during this historic season. But we’re not done. Holtby’s presence and experience in the playoffs boasts well for the Caps. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he is 16-18-2 with a 1.92 GAA and .936 save percentage. He’s the foundation the Caps need to move through to the Stanley Cup Finals.
#31 – Philip Grubauer
Gruby entered his first full regular season as the Capitals backup, posting an 8-9-1 record with a 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Last season, he got some playoff experience as Holtby missed a game due to an illness. His Stanley Cup Playoff experience is 1-0-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .875 save percentage. After having the up and down Peters last season, it’s nice to have a quality backup that can start at a moments notice.
Game 1 is Thursday night at 7 p.m. in D.C. against the Philadelphia Flyers.
ROCK THE RED! GO CAPS!