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The Noon Number: Even Flow

A look at how the Caps’ goalies have kept the team afloat at even strength this year

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24.2 - The average number of even-strength shots per game faced by Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer so far this season. Through 51 games this year, Holtby and Grubauer have faced a combined 1232 shots at even strength, putting them on pace for roughly 1980 by the end of the year - 70-80 more than they’ve had in each of the three previous seasons, where they’ve averaged around 23 even-strength shots a night.

Despite the uptick in shots faced at evens, both goalies have maintained relatively strong save percentages, down from last year but higher than their 2015-16 marks (with Philipp Grubauer checking in among the League’s top-five ES sv%, minimum 15 GP).

Unsurprisingly, the increase in shots isn’t limited to even strength; they’ve faced a combined 260 shots with the team shorthanded this year, compared to 308 all of last season, and 35 shots while on the power play compared to 51 through 82 games last year.