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Holtby Illness Puts Grubauer On Standby

Holtby Illness Puts Grubauer On Standby

Washington may be without star netminder Braden Holtby for game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarter Final clash with the New York Islanders, with the 25-year old battling illness.

The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt broke the news of Holtby’s absence from this mornings team skate, with 23-year old prospect Philipp Grubauer recalled from Hershey as a precaution.

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Holtby making a last gasp stick save against Tampa Bay earlier this season.

Holtby gave up 3 goals on 26 shots during the Capitals 4-1 loss to the Islanders in game 1, but has been in good form for most of the season.

Whilst losing your #1 netminder is a situation no Head Coach wants to face – even for a short period of time – for Washington concerns are heightened not only by the teams need to bounce back from a poor performance, but also by the lack of action deputy Justin Peters saw with the club this season.

Holtby started a league leading 71 games for the Capitals this year, appearing in 73 games in total, whilst posting a .923 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average on the way to 41 wins. He also led the league in shots faced (2,044) and saves (1,887).

Former Carolina stopper Peters on the other hand featured in just 12 games, going 3-6-1 with a worrying .881 save percentage and 3.25 goal against average during a forgettable first season in the US capital.

With Peters unable to make an impression this season, it looks likely Grubauer will get the nod tonight, should Holtby be ruled out.

The German netminder is widely regarded as one of the top goaltending prospects in the league, and posted a respectable 2.30 goals against average and .921 save percentage in 49 games with the AHL Hershey Bears this season.

Grubauer made 17 appearances for the Capitals last term, but has started just once this year – a 3-2 shoot out victory over Anaheim of February 6th, in which he made 23 saves.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).