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Philipp Grubauer | Goalie | #31

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 191
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (112) / WAS

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Philipp Grubauer allowed four goals on 22 shots in two periods of work on Sunday.
Grubauer was replaced by Braden Holtby to start the third period. The 26-year-old has an .837 save percentage and 4.57 goals against average through two games in the post-season. He received a no-decision, since Washington was able to tie the game in the third period before falling in overtime to Columbus. Apr 15 - 11:40 PM

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The Washington Capitals will be going back to Philipp Grubauer in Game 2 of their playoff matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Grubauer will get another shot to show what he's got but this might be his last chance to show he has what it takes to carry this Capitals team during the post-season. Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow night. It's fair to wonder if Brian Elliott's strong play for the Flyers in Game 2 against the Penguins influenced head coach Barry Trotz's decision at all.
Apr 14 - 12:56 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz didn't want to name his Game 2 starter after dropping Game 1 on Thursday.

Philipp Grubauer got the start in the series opener and went on to stop 23 of 27 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus. It was somewhat surprising to see him start over Braden Holtby, though to be fair, Grubauer did outplay Holtby towards the end of the regular season. Still, the question now is if the Capitals should stick with Grubauer or give Holtby a shot and Trotz wasn't prepared to give an immediate answer. "Philipp's body of work was good," Trotz said. "I thought he was fine. We'll sit down, we'll reevaluate all the goals, we'll reevaluate our team and where we're at and we'll go from there."
Apr 13 - 5:29 AM

Philipp Grubauer allowed four goals on 27 shots in Washington's Game 1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Grubauer had a 2-0 lead after the opening period and a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. The Capitals then inexplicably took three penalties in the final period to allow Columbus to get back into the game. It was an average start for the German netminder and it'll be interesting to see if the Capitals go back to him on Sunday for Game 2. However, if Barry Trotz had enough faith to start him tonight, we'd expect to see him again on Sunday.
Apr 12 - 11:25 PM

Philipp Grubauer will be the Capitals' starting goaltender for Game 1 of the playoffs.

Interesting. This isn't a complete surprise as Grubauer has outperformed Braden Holtby as of late, to the point where Holtby's standing as the team's number one goaltender has been called into question. At the same time, starting Grubauer over Holtby something of a bold move by coach Barry Trotz. Grubauer will likely be on a short leash, so if he struggles in Game 1, then Holtby will probably get an opportunity.
Apr 10 - 11:54 AM

Philipp Grubauer could be Washington's starter for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Grubauer has outperformed Braden Holtby down the stretch. In his past 27 appearances, he has posted a .937 save percentage, a 1.93 goals-against average and three shutouts. Grubauer has also appeared in more games than Holtby since March. Coach Barry Trotz declined to say who will start in the postseason. It's possible that Holtby will be on a very short leash if he gets the nod in Game 1.
Apr 8 - 4:30 PM

Philipp Grubauer allowed four goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

The Capitals were up 3-2 in the third period, but they allowed the Preds to tie the game and jump ahead with under six minutes left in regulation. Grubauer owns a 15-10-3 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season. It'll be interesting to see who starts Game 1 of the playoffs for Washington. Our money is on Braden Holtby.
Apr 5 - 10:37 PM

Philipp Grubauer will start Thursday night against Nashville.

That means that Braden Holtby should be expected to play on Saturday versus New Jersey. Grubauer could see action in the playoffs after a strong finish to the year. He has posted wins in four straight games, while boosting his record to 15-9-3 on the year. He also has an impressive 2.29 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
Apr 5 - 11:02 AM

Philipp Grubauer will start in one of the Capitals' last two games.

What we don't know yet is which one it will be. Grubauer has been doing great lately, winning each of his last four games. Braden Holtby has stabilized recently, but it will be interesting to see how much leeway he'll have in the playoffs given how strong the Capitals' alternative option is.
Apr 4 - 12:23 PM

Philipp Grubauer was terrific in Sunday night's win over Pittsburgh, stopping 36 of 37 shots.

Grubauer has won four straight games and improved his record to 15-9-3 this season with a 2.29 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
Apr 1 - 11:13 PM

Philipp Grubauer will get the start Sunday night against Pittsburgh.

It will be Grubauer's first game action since he sustained a minor injury last Monday. Going into Sunday's action, Grubauer boasts a 14-9-3 record with a 2.33 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Apr 1 - 11:46 AM

Philipp Grubauer (undisclosed) believes he's healthy enough to play on Wednesday.

Grubauer won't play because the Capitals want to err on the side of caution, but it's encouraging to hear that he theoretically is an option if they needed him. As previously reported, Pheonix Copley will serve as the backup goaltender to give Grubauer the night off.
Mar 28 - 2:04 PM

Philipp Grubauer (undisclosed) won't suit up Wednesday night.

Grubauer "tweaked something" on Monday night and the Capitals will err on the side of caution and keep him out of the lineup for now. Pheonix Copley will serve as Braden Holtby's backup on Wednesday.
Mar 28 - 11:34 AM

Philipp Grubauer suffered "a little tweak" against the New York Rangers on Monday night.

Washington coach Barry Trotz said the team is being "ultra sensitive," so Phoenix Copley will come up from the minors as insurance. Grubauer stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Monday.
Mar 27 - 1:51 PM

Philipp Grubauer allowed two goals on 30 shots in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Grubauer looked sharp out the gate and allowed his teammates to jump ahead to a quick 4-0 lead in the first 17 minutes of the game. The German netminder has made Braden Holtby's struggles very manageable this season and many people believe Grubauer should be the one to lead the Capitals during the post-season. The 26-year-old Grubauer will see his record improve to 14-9-3 with a 2.33 goals-against-average and .923 save percentage this season.
Mar 26 - 10:28 PM

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2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
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RW1T.J. Oshie
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D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley