Category Archives: Goaltending

Braden Holtby Could Return For Capitals Against Islanders on Friday

It is possible that Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will start against the New York Islanders on Friday night (7:30 PM Eastern on NBC Sports Washington) after missing the past two games with an eye injury. 

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Capitals’ Braden Holtby Leaves Game Versus Blue Jackets With Eye Injury

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images The Capitals had enough problems as they continued trying to even the score in their Saturday night game against the division rival Columbus Blue Jackets, but losing starting goaltender Braden Holtby only added … Continue reading

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Pheonix Rising: Pheonix Copley Exceeding Rookie Expectations

Photo: NBC Sports Washington After allowing six goals in a 6-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on October 11 in his Washington Capitals debut, many questioned whether or not goaltender Pheonix Copley was ready for the NHL. His performance … Continue reading

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From Kolzig to Holtby: Looking at the Washington Capitals’ Goalie Carousel – Part 5 of 5

Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports NoVa Caps is currently presenting a multi-part review of the Capitals’ search for a starting goaltender to replace longtime netminder Olaf Kolzig after his departure in 2008, and how it led to the rise … Continue reading

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Goaltender Domination Reigns In The Metropolitan Division…and Will For Years to Come

Photo: Tori Hartman Henrik Lundqvist, Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby, Matt Murray, and Cory Schneider. Not only are those goalies some of the top netminders in the league, they are all from the Metropolitan Division. Murray and Schneider may be having … Continue reading

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From Kolzig to Holtby – Washington Capitals Goalie Carousel – Part 4

Photo: @Capitals NoVa Caps is currently presenting a multipart review of the Capitals’ search for a starting goaltender to replace longtime netminder, Olaf Kolzig, and how it led to the rise of current starter Braden Holtby. In part 4, we … Continue reading

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From Kolzig to Holtby: Looking at the Washington Capitals’ Goalie Carousel – Part 3

Photo: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America NoVa Caps is currently examining the Capitals’ search for a starting goalie to replace longtime goalie, Olaf Kolzig in 2008 and how it led to the rise of current starter Braden Holtby. In Part … Continue reading

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From Kolzig to Holtby: Looking at the Washington Capitals’ Goalie Carousel – Part 2

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images For many years, Olaf Kolzig manned the goal-crease in Washington, backstopping the Capitals to an appearance in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals. However, in the mid-2000’s the Capitals invested in the future in net by drafting youngsters … Continue reading

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Braden Holtby Misses Game vs. Jets With Upper-Body Injury, Gavin McHale Dresses As Emergency Backup

Photo: Sporting News Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby missed the Capitals game against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night due to an upper-body injury. Emergency backup Gavin McHale dressed as a backup while goaltender Pheonix Copley started for the second … Continue reading

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From Kolzig to Holtby: Looking At the Washington Capitals’ Goalie Carousel – Part 1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images To Washington Capitals fans, the 2006 NHL Entry Draft is best known as the draft in which the Capitals drafted Nicklas Backstrom with the fourth overall pick.  At the same time, the Caps realized that longtime franchise … Continue reading

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