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Who's the Caps' No. 1 goalie? Watch who starts Sunday

Who's the Caps' No. 1 goalie? Watch who starts Sunday

Here’s what we know in terms of the Capital's netminding situation. Philipp Grubauer will start in Thursday’s game in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders, according to Barry Trotz. When the two teams come to Washington for the rematch on Friday, Braden Holtby will get the start.

After that, well, that’s when things become uncertain.

Braden Holtby has been the Capitals starting goalie for most of the season and really for most of the last six seasons. After struggling in recent weeks, however, Philipp Grubauer has been called upon and is running with his opportunity.

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Since Dec. 1, no goalie in the NHL who has played in at least 15 games has a better save percentage than Grubauer's .945. None. He has started in each of the last three games for the Caps going 2-1-0 with a .950 save percentage and one shutout.

But if you think that means Grubauer has cemented himself as the No. 1, not so fast.

Following the back-to-back against the Islanders, Washington faces a huge game against the Philadelphia Flyers who currently sits just four points behind the Caps for first place in the Metropolitan Division and is a team Washington could face in the first round of the playoffs should Pittsburgh end up winning the division.

In a big game like that, you would expect the No. 1 goalie to start. Right now, Trotz is not sure who that is.

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When asked if he had an idea for who he wanted to start in Sunday's game, Trotz answered no.

“We're in a result business and we need some results so we'll see who is looking the sharpest and gives us the best chance to win.”

With both goalies set to play on Thursday and Friday, it's not a stretch to believe both will be competing for the top spot on the depth chart.

There will still be 10 games left in the regular season after Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. A lot can change between Sunday and those 10 games, but whoever starts that game against the Flyers will be a good indication of who Trotz has penciled in as the top netminder. At least for now.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday. 

These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.

“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone.  “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”

“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”

 

Some of the other improvement announced were:

  • Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
  • Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
  • Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
  • Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
  • A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games 
  • A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington

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