Philipp Grubauer

#31 G / Washington Capitals / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 182 lb Age: 25 College: None

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  • Grubauer surrendered six goals on 28 shots during Thursday's 6-2 loss at the hands of the Avalanche. Once again, the German netminder was left out to dry as he has yet to win a game in 2017-18 despite seven starts. Grubauer's numbers are bound to improve, but even then the 25-year-old is still squarely behind Braden Holtby on the depth chart and thus has limited fantasy upside outside of deeper leagues and as a spot starter in daily formats.

  • Grubauer will defend the cage for Thursday's tilt in Colorado. While the German netminder's 0-4-1 record, 3.49 GAA and .890 save percentage aren't pretty, Grubauer's play has been trending in the right direction. Despite losing each of his last two starts, Grubauer allowed just two goals in each outing and stopped 65 shots -- good for a .942 save percentage in that span. That said, Grubauer will have to overcome an Avalanche squad that's scored 4.17 goals per game over its last six contests if he wants to continue his strong run of form.

  • Grubauer saved all six shots he faced in the third period of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Nashville. The Washington backup entered after Braden Holtby surrendered six goals on 25 shots through the first two frames of the game. It has been a discouraging start to the season for Grubauer, as he sports an .890 save percentage and 3.49 GAA through seven games (five starts). Additionally, with Holtby projected to continue receiving the majority of starts, it significantly limits Grubauer's fantasy value.

  • Grubauer allowed two goals on 31 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Buffalo. Grubauer did well to get to the first intermission unscathed after his team was outshot 15-4 in a scoreless first period, but was beaten by Evander Kane early in the second and Benoit Pouliot early in the third before Kane added an empty-netter with 20 seconds left to seal it. Braden Holtby's backup has been unable to cover for some of his team's key offseason departures, falling to 0-4-1 with this defeat.

  • Grubauer will be the road starter against the Sabres on Tuesday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Braden Holtby got the start Monday, so this doesn't come as a surprise. Grubauer is off to a terrible start to the season, as he has a 4.08 GAA and .876 save percentage. With Grubauer's struggles, coupled with the fact the Capitals are on the road for the second night of a back-to-back, this could be a good night for the Sabres.

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