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A look at the Caps' number one netminder's cold starts... and hot finishes

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.935 - Braden Holtby's career regular-season save percentage in starts, excluding the first four starts of each season (over which he has a save percentage of .875). True to form, Holtby started 2013-14 with a couple of clunkers, giving him a career line of 2-4-1/4.26/.870 in his first two NHL starts of a season and rebounded with a better Game 3 (he's now 1-2-1/2.49/.906 in those outings after stopping 19 of 21 shots on Saturday night in Dallas).

The bad news? He's 1-2-0/3.69/.857 in his fourth starts of the season.

The good news? Once he gets past that, it should be smooth sailing - over his career he's gone 30-9-2 with a 2.05 goals against average and that .935 save percentage noted above from there on out.

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