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The Noon Number: Hole-y Holtby?

A look at some recent - and surprising - struggles for the Caps #1 netminder.

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Three Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

7 - Number of games out of his last 10 playoff appearances in which Braden Holtby has given up at least three goals in a game, compared to 11 times out of his first 40. He’s been dinged for four goals in four of his last five games, including three of the four in this series, and has posted a surprisingly low save percentage of just .907 against the Maple Leafs.

The good news, of course, is that Frederik Andersen has had similar struggles in this series (.905 sv%, 3.05 GAA) - and that some of Holtby’s biggest issues have been on shots that ultimately didn’t go in the net. He hasn’t stolen any games for the Caps just yet, but neither has Andersen, and Holtby in particular has been the victim of some bad bounces throughout this series.

The best news? His save percentage over the course of his playoff career still checks in as the highest since the League began tracking the stat (min 25 GP). If anyone can bounce back from a rough start and step up his game going forward, it’s Holtby.