Grubauer silenced the Avalanche on Tuesday, stopping all 18 shots he faced in a 3-0 win.

Starting goalie Braden Holtby got honored before the game for his historic, Vezina-winning 2015-16 campaign, but it was Grubauer who got the tap on the pads. The 24-year-old German picked up the torch and ran with it, earning his first career shutout by shutting down an Avs team that may have still been a bit hung over from the previous night's intense overtime win over the Penguins. After starting only 16 games last year, Grubauer is expected to see a bit of extra work this season so Holtby isn't worn out by the time the playoffs roll around, and this outing will only increase coach Barry Trotz's confidence in rolling out his backup netminder.

More News
CBS Sports Shop
NHL Winter Classic
Our Latest Stories
  • connor-mcdavid-1400.jpg

    Roster Trends

    Want to see which players are being added off the waiver wire? Check out our Roster Trends...

  • logan-couture-1400.jpg

    Player news

    Want to stay up to speed with all the happenings from around the NHL that could affect your...

  • braden-holtby-1400.jpg

    Draft Prep: Goalie tiers

    The elite goaltender tier is two studs deep -- Carey Price, Braden Holtby. After that come...