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Philipp Grubauer | Goalie | #31

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 182
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (112) / WAS

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The Washington Capitals plan to use backup goalie Philipp Grubauer more than they did last season.
Grubauer only made 16 starts, and appeared in 22 total games, in 2015-16, but with this season's schedule more condensed, it's not surprising that Washington wants to use him more. "What you’re seeing with the schedule is that there are some more back-to-backs, but also, you’re playing every second day," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ". . . I said to the goaltenders, if I could go Grubi one game and then Holts three, that type of situation, that would be in the perfect world what I’d like to do. How we’re playing and when we’re playing and our travel and all of that sort of messes with that." Just as a frame of reference, 20 or 21 starts would mean Grubauer got roughly 25% of the team's starts, so we're talking about a potentially meaningful, but not dramatic increase in his workload compared to 2015-16. Oct 20 - 11:03 AM

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Philipp Grubauer stopped all 18 shots he faced in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.

Not bad for his first start of the season. The Capitals dominated this one, as they outshot the Avs 40-18. Grubauer is a solid backup goaltender, but his fantasy value is non-existent because he plays behind workhorse goaltender Braden Holtby.
Oct 18 - 10:17 PM

Philipp Grubauer will make his season debut Tuesday night versus Colorado.

He posted an 8-9-1 record last season with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. The Avalanche defeated the Penguins in overtime on Monday.
Oct 18 - 12:11 PM

Philipp Grubauer will join Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey.

He will serve as an injury replacement for Frederik Andersen, who suffered an upper-body injury during an Olympic qualifier with Denmark last week. Grubauer will probably be the third goalie behind Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak.
Sep 6 - 1:05 PM

Philipp Grubauer adjusted nicely to a backup role this season.

Grubauer had been used to starting in the minors but when you have Braden Holtby in front of you on the depth chart, you had better be patient as far as playing in games is concerned. "During the year, it was quite an adjustment for me, early in the year not getting as many games as I used to, but I knew that coming into the season," Grubauer said. "I think [goaltending coach Mitch Korn] and Holts, they also mentored me and helped me through the adjustment, and obviously, getting more games at the end there was obviously helpful." Grubauer managed to get into 22 games and was 8-9-1 this season with a 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Expect him to have a similar role next season unless Holtby suffers a significant injury.
Jun 18 - 8:59 AM

Philipp Grubauer allowed two goals on 21 shots in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Grubauer got the start so that Braden Holtby could get an extra day of rest after playing on Saturday night. The 24-year-old backup finishes the season with a 8-9-1 record in 2015-16. He has a 2.32 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this season.
Apr 10 - 11:36 PM

Philipp Grubauer will get the start in Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Capitals have locked up the top spot in the East and the league, but some were wondering if they'd let Braden Holtby break Martin Brodeur's single-season win record. Holtby tied the record last night, but the Caps have decided it's better to keep him out of a meaningless game.
Apr 10 - 5:40 PM

Coach Barry Trotz is not saying at this time who will start in net Sunday.

It makes sense that Philipp Grubauer gets the start as the Capitals should rest Braden Holtby heading into the playoffs but Holtby is tied with Martin Brodeur at 48 wins in a season and if Holtby could beat the Ducks, he would set the season record for most wins. Stay tuned.
Apr 10 - 12:16 PM

Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 shots in the Capitals’ 3-0 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

Grubauer was perfect through two periods when he faced 16 shots, but he gave up three on 11 shots in the third period. He has a 2.34 GAA and .918 SV%.
Apr 3 - 12:52 AM

Philipp Grubauer will get the start Saturday night against the Coyotes.

He last played a week ago, to subpar results. He gave up four goals on 29 shots in a loss to the Blues. Grubauer has a 2.30 GAA and .920 SV% this season.
Apr 2 - 8:18 PM

Philipp Grubauer kicked out 25 of 29 shots in a 4-0 loss to St. Louis Saturday night.

Grubauer allowed three goals on 16 shots in the second frame. He has a 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in 20 games this season.
Mar 27 - 12:02 AM

Philipp Grubauer will face St. Louis on Saturday night.

Grubauer has been rather reliable thus far as Braden Holtby's backup this season. He's posted 8-6-1 with just 34 goals against and a .929 even strength save percentage as well. With St. Louis having played on Friday, this could be a nice stealthy win.
Mar 26 - 5:56 PM

Philip Grubauer gave up four goals on 27 shots in the Capitals’ 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

Performances like this have been few and far between for the 24-year-old this season. He last gave up more than two goals on Feb. 2. Grubauer sports a 2.15 GAA and .925 SV%. Expect him to get a few more starts the rest of the way as the Capitals ensure Braden Holtby is ready for the postseason.
Mar 13 - 1:42 AM

Philipp Grubauer will face San Jose on Saturday night.

Grubauer has won three of his last four starts with just five goals against, while beating Boston and LA over that span. He also comes in sporting a .930 save percentage in 17 games this season, so while tonight will be a tough matchup he just might be able to pull it out.
Mar 12 - 3:05 PM

Philipp Grubauer blocked 33 shots in the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win against the Bruins on Saturday night.

Many thought the Capitals should acquire some veteran backup help in net at the deadline, but Grubauer has done the job. He has given up five goals over his past four starts. The 24-year-old has a 2.02 GAA and .930 SV% in 17 games.
Mar 5 - 10:31 PM

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C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Zach Sanford
5Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer