Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders could be one for the books – the record books – as Braden Holtby will likely take to the ice with a chance at making NHL history.
Sitting at 47 wins for the season, Braden Holtby needs just one more win to tie the record for most wins by a goalie in a single season. The record of 48 wins in a season was set by the New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur during the 2006-2007.
With four games remaining in the regular season, Holtby will likely get three more starts (Islanders, Penguins and Blues/Ducks). It’s possible, but unlikely Trotz would have him play both ends of the back-to-back this weekend. (In St. Louis on Saturday and home against Anaheim on Sunday for the makeup game due to the snowstorm). However, if Holtby has tied the record with one game to go in the regular season, don’t be surprised to see Holtby get the nod.
A Team Goal
Holtby has stated in interviews that he would like to break the record because it would be a great team accomplishment. Brodeur would go one further, stating it was a great organizational accomplishment when he set the record.
Brodeur was asked about Holtby breaking his record. “I feel he’s got a presence in net,” Brodeur said. “It looks like it’s normal for him to steal games. I think his body language is tremendous. That’s something that really helps as a goalie.
When Brodeur won 48 games for the Devils in 2006-07 he was 48-23-7 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 78 games. Holtby has played 63 games and is 47-9-5 with a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage.