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The Noon Number: Blankin’ Braden

A look at how often Holtby’s starts result in frustrated opponents

NHL: JAN 07 Capitals at Senators Photo by Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

9.5 - Number of starts per shutout for Braden Holtby since making his debut in 2010-11 (28 shutouts in 267 career starts). That’s the fourth-highest rate in the League, behind only Brian Elliott (8.4), Martin Jones (8.6) and Jaroslav Halak (9.5) among goalies with at least 20 starts over that span. This season that rate is even better, with five shutouts in 31 starts for a rate of 6.2 starts per shutout.

With his Saturday night shutout in Ottawa, Holtby now has five on the season, on pace to top his career-high single-season mark of nine (set two seasons ago). It also gives him 17 dating back to the beginning of the Mitch Korn era in DC - tops in the League since the start of 2014-15.