The Washington Capitals recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Hershey Bears on Wednesday because Michal Neuvirth is sick, the team announced. Grubauer will be in uniform Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Flyers.
Grubauer, the Caps’ top goaltending prospect, is 6-4-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .928 save percentage for Hershey of the American Hockey League this season.
Braden Holtby, who’s 5-2 with a .937 save percentage in seven straight starts, figures to get the nod against the Flyers’ Ilya Bryzgalov. But if coach Adam Oates and goaltending coach Dave Prior determine that the 23-year-old shouldn’t play in the second half of this back-to-back, Grubauer would make his NHL debut in Philadelphia.
That seems to be a long shot, though, given Holtby’s hot streak of late.
“I think he’s feeling really good and he’s on a little roll, so we’re riding him,” Oates said after Holtby’s 33-save shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
The Caps used a 23-man roster goalie exemption to recall Grubauer, who started the season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.
Forward Casey Wellman is with the team in Philadelphia after getting recalled Tuesday.