The struggling Washington Capitals are back down to two goalies after sending rookie Philipp Grubauer back to AHL Hershey.
Grubauer, 22, departs the NHL with an impressive .926 save percentage in 14 starts; however, his last couple of outings have been rough ones.
For head coach Adam Oates, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth are his choices in goal now. Unfortunately for Oates, neither of those two has played particularly well lately.
Granted, considering the Caps are surrendering an average of 34.0 shots per game -- the third most in the NHL -- goaltending is far from the only problem for the players, coach and general manager George McPhee, the latter of whom may be feeling pressure to address his team’s issues with a move.
“We’re in a slump right now, that’s for sure,” forward Nicklas Backstrom said. “We have to start playing way better around here. It’s tough right now.”
Washington hosts Ottawa tomorrow.
Adam Oates said that Philipp Grubauer's demotion was less about his play and more about the team's play. "We lost that spark in a sense."— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 20, 2014