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The Noon Number: This Is Sparta! Err, Holtby...

A look at the Caps’ number-one netminder upon reaching a milestone

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1 - Number of goalies in NHL history with more wins than Braden Holtby through his first 300 NHL regular-season games (a milestone the Caps goaltender will reach upon assuming the cage tonight against Calgary, as is expected). Through 299 games, Holtby has posted a 185-71-31 record, a win total that will trail only legendary Habs’ netminder Ken Dryden (193) through 300.

Here are tonight’s Game Notes with more:

Braden Holtby is scheduled to play in his 300th NHL/Capitals game on Tuesday against Calgary. Holtby has posted a 185-71-31 record in 299 career NHL games with 31 shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Ken Dryden (193) is the only player in NHL history to earn more wins through his first 300 NHL games than Holtby (185). In addition, Holtby will become the second goaltender in franchise history to play 300 games with the Capitals, joining Olie Kolzig (711). Holtby ranks first in franchise history (min. 65 GP) in career goals-against average (2.31) and save percentage (.922) and ranks second in shutouts (31), wins (185) and games played (299). Holtby, who was drafted by the Capitals in the fourth round, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and was the 10th goaltender selected, will become the first goaltender from the 2008 NHL draft class to reach 300 NHL games played.