Grubauer made 28 saves on 31 shots in Thursday night's loss to the Stars. After using Braden Holtby the night before (on five days of rest), coach Barry Trotz curiously turned to his backup against the NHL's best offense. The inexperienced German netminder, who won't be 24 until next week, held his own against that impressive offensive machine, but Kari Lehtonen was excellent on the other end. Grubauer will probably next draw a start at the end of the month, when the Caps play a back-to-back set against Tampa and Toronto.
Grubauer will be the starting netminder for Thursday evening's matchup with the Stars, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports. Grubauer has played in only three games this season backing up Braden Holtby, earning a 2-0-1 record with 2.59 GAA and a .899 save percentage. The 23-year-old German draws a very challenging matchup on Thursday against the Stars who are currently in first place in the Western Conference. Dallas has also scored an average of 3.58 goals per game which is the highest average in the NHL. Grubaeur will have his work cut out for him against the Stars, who he has yet to face in his young career.
Grubauer made 26 saves on 29 shots in an overtime loss to the Flames on Friday. This is only Grubauer's third game of the season, and his first loss. Playing behind Braden Holtby, his opportunities are very rare.
Grubauer will start between the posts Friday night against the Flames. Grubauer stops pucks second fiddle to Braden Holtby, but he makes for a nice spot starter at home Friday. Calgary looks lost on both ends of the ice this campaign and it has resulted in a 5-11-1 record and minus-25 goal differential. Grubauer has only made two starts this season though both were road wins.
Grubauer will start in net Saturday against the Panthers, Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Grubauer has only been given one start in net this season as he'll be looking to improve on his .826 save percentage after a 23-save win over Edmonton back on Oct. 23. Although, even another win won't likely vault him over normal starter Braden Holtby in the long season ahead.
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