Braden Holtby – The Man Who Made the Save of the Season
The game between the Golden Knights and The Washington Capitals was nothing short of mind-blowing. But, there was something that managed to stand out even among all the brutal shots and clever passes. Yup! You know what we’re talking about – Braden Holtby’s stellar save that, pretty much, sealed the deal for The Washington Capitals.
Now, we’ve heard enough about the save, but what about the man behind it?
Well, we’re all familiar with Holtby. He’s a 2016 Vezina Trophy awardee, thanks to his .922 save percentage and 48-9-7 record at the 2015-16 NHL season. Needless to say, we’re looking at one of the most promising goalies in the game.
However, what might seem surprising to you is that Holtby hasn’t exactly been doing his thing this season. In fact, 2017-18 has been downright nasty to Holtby, at least as far as save percentages are concerned. No, we aren’t being extra-critical. These are the facts. Holtby’s 5-on-5 save percentages have gone down. However, it’s not all Holtby’s fault.
You see, Holtby is simply facing more high danger shots this season and naturally, it’s making him push his limits. Barring NYI’s Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak and Arizona’s Scott Wedgewood, Holtby has faced the highest rate of high-danger shots this season; 12.9/hour to be specific. So, the question is, will Holtby be able to live up to his reputation?
Well, that’s something we have to wait and see. But, if last Wednesday’s game is anything to go by, the kid definitely still has it. Even otherwise, his recent save will be talked about for years to come.