Michal Neuvirth (30) Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Fan Poll: Is Goaltending Still An issue That Needs To Be Addressed?

Braden Holtby (70)
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The Washington Capitals left their road trip West with 7 goals against – 1 more than they had been scored on in the last 4 games. In the 18 games played so far this season, the Caps have played in 9 games in which they were scored on 3+ times.

In addition, Washington has been scored on 51 times this season, an average of  2.83 goals against per game, ranking them 20th in the league. Goaltending has been the topic of conversation before regarding the Capitals, is this the season that it really needs to be addressed?

Braden Holtby (70)
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Braden Holtby ranks 16th in the league for wins by a goaltender, both Ben Bishop and Corey Crawford lead the league with 11. He is also in the middle of the pack when it comes to save percentage leaders, ranked 13th with a .922 – Josh Harding (.947) and Tuukka Rask (.944) top the list (taking into account goalies who have played 10 games or more).

Holtby’s goals against average, 2.71, ranks him 29th in the league. Holtby has appeared in 14 games for the Capitals and has a record of 7-6-0-1.

Michal Neuvirth has appeared in 6 games for the Capitals and has a record of 2-2-1-0. His goals against average is 2.78, currently higher than Holtby’s, ranking him 32nd. Neuvirth’s save percentage is .913, also worse than Holtby’s, ranking him 24th. *A total of 48 goaltenders are ranked.

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Is Goaltending Still An issue That Needs To Be Addressed?

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If you answered yes to the first poll question, then please participate in the poll question below…

Which Goaltender Needs To Go?

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