The Washington Capitals had the best goalie duo in the entire league this season. With that distinction comes the William M. Jennings Trophy, given to the goalies who give up the fewest goals for a team.
The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Winners are selected based on regular-season play.
Braden Holtby allowed 127 goals in 63 games. Philipp Grubauer allowed 43 in 23. One will be a Vezina finalist, the other an object of intense desire for a handful of greedy GMs.
The Caps won the Jennings one other time: the 1983-84 season, when the team gave up a league-low 226 goals over 80 games. They had an .873, which was actually good back then.
Anyway, congrats, Braden and Philipp!
From the Caps:
Washington led the NHL in goals against this season (182) to capture the William M. Jennings Trophy for the second time in franchise history. Al Jensen and Pat Riggin combined to win the award for Washington in 1983-84. The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 10, 2017