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Goalie nods: Grubauer goes for Caps, Peters for ‘Canes

Dec 27, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

Philipp Grubauer AP

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Interesting times in Washington

Philipp Grubauer gets the call over Braden Holtby (again) on Friday when the Caps host the Rangers at Verizon. The German ‘tender has been a revelation for Washington since his recall from AHL Hershey, starting five of 10 games (tonight will be his sixth) while posting a 4-1-1 record with a 2.20 GAA and .934 save percentage.

This will also mark Gubauer’s second straight start, as he stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Monday. He’ll be going up against another backup making waves in Cam Talbot, who’ll make his third straight start for the Rangers ahead of Henrik Lundqvist.

Peters over Ward

Carolina’s goaltending situation took another curious turn on Friday, as the ‘Canes announced Justin Peters would make his third straight start when they host Pittsburgh at PNC Arena.

Trade rumors were swirling around Peters and Anton Khudobin last week, but the new story might be Peters taking a run at Cam Ward‘s No. 1 gig. Peters stopped 47 of 50 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, earning him Monday’s start against Columbus — a 4-3 loss in which he only made 21 saves.

Despite that, the ‘Canes opted to stand pat in goal. That means Ward now will go at least nine days between games; he last played in a 4-2 loss to Washington on Dec. 20, and the ‘Canes don’t play again until Sunday in Toronto.

Elsewhere…

Senators at Bruins: Robin Lehner vs. Tuukka Rask

Blue Jackets at Devils: Curtis McElhinney vs. Martin Brodeur

Sabres at Maple Leafs: Ryan Miller vs. Jonathan Bernier

Wild at Jets: Niklas Backstrom vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Avalanche at Blackhawks: Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. Antti Raanta

Predators at Stars: Carter Hutton will go for Nashville; Kari Lehtonen is likely but unconfirmed for Dallas.

Oilers at Flames: Devan Dubnyk vs. Reto Berra

Sharks at Coyotes: Antti Niemi vs. Mike Smith

  1. cdalton2690 - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Caps need to do something with their goaltending situation. They have 3 guys who are decent in goal. Holtby appeared to be the answer before this season started, however his play has been mediocre at best. Neuvirth has never gotten a fair chance to prove himself, and now Grubauer steps in and has done relatively well. I think you will see the caps ship off Neuvy and Erat for someone before the year is over.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      don’t forget about Orlov in the trade talks. or has he had a change of heart?

      • cdalton2690 - Dec 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        I don’t have any inside information to give on Orlov. I know his beef was that he was pissed he wasn’t getting any playing time. Now that he is and is playing extremely well I don’t know if he has changed his mind at all, If he hasn’t now is the time to get rid of him, I hope he has changed his mind because he may be the best defender next to Alzner on this team.

  2. jrocknstuff - Dec 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Holtby still has a .915 save %. It’s not great, but it’s also not miserable. It puts him 18th. He’s going through a rough patch, but I still feel he’s the guy to lead the team. This is his first full season considering last year was so condensed. I wouldn’t give up on him so quickly.

  3. bleedrangerblue - Dec 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    What about Talbot over Lundqvist?

  4. bleedrangerblue - Dec 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    What about Talbot over Lundqvist?

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