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The Noon Number: Return of the Holtbeast?

A look at some positive trends for the Caps' top netminder

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.959 - Braden Holtby's save percentage over the last three games, his highest three-game total since putting together a .966 trio at the end of December.

Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots (.933) against Ottawa last Tuesday, turned aside all 22 (1.000) for a shutout against the Devils three nights later, and gave up one goal on 22 shots (.955) against Columbus this past Monday, marking the first time since mid-December that he's posted at least a .930 save percentage in three consecutive games.

In fact, in his last six appearances, Holtby's save percentage has dipped below .930 just once (the .808 outing against the Penguins in which he got the hook in the third period) for a combined save percentage of .932 over that span. He's given up just 10 goals on 147 shots over that span, and let in two goals or fewer in five of his last six starts for the first time since December 26 - January 7.