What if Braden Holtby weren’t playing goalie for one of the worst defensive teams of the last decade?
That said, it’s obvious Holtby is having a down year. I’ve said in the past that Holtby’s struggles in 2017-18 are the cost he bears for the team’s decisions last offseason, but it’s hard to be certain about stuff like that. Hockey is a complicated game with lots of moving parts, so I can understand why assigning blame personally on the goalie is popular with some people, who all seem to be Facebook commenters for some reason:
Ryan And don’t y’all dare blame Holts!!! Hahaha totally being sarcastic! It’s all him guys. We aren’t the best in D or even in goals but to make excuses for a goalie that is so “great” is just a joke. Bench his ass and watch what we do!!!
Mike Cant wait to hear all the its not Holtbys fault blame the defense. Caps held them to 19 shots on net Holtby should have saved them all. Fyi 0 shutouts this season. Not the same Holtby in net this season.
Michael Grubauer should be the starting goalie. Holtby is absolute garbage this season. Almost March and not one shutout, almost 3 goals against average, and 10 goals against in last two games. He is done. Trade is sorry ass and move on.
Eric If Holts hadn’t let in those 3 soft goals in the first, it’d be a different game. Caps completely dominated from the 2nd period on.
Robert Yep. Love holtz but he needs to sit for a bit. Not all in him but Grubs stops atkeast two of those.
(I did not edit the typos because I’m an unkind person.)
I actually think these people are generally right, but maybe for the wrong reasons. Yes, Holtby is not the goalie he was last season. Even he would agree to that. But I think the cause for the drop-off is both apparent and out of his control. If Holtby were backstopping another team right now, I think he’d probably be doing just fine. Not great, but fine.