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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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Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson make strong statements in support of Black Lives Matter protesters

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Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson make strong statements in support of Black Lives Matter protesters

As protests have taken place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to raise the issue of racial injustice in the U.S., Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and forward Tom Wilson have mulled how to use their platforms in order to help the cause.

On Wednesday, both veteran stars released statements voicing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been in the national spotlight since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in an arrest that was captured on video May 25.

Holtby, whose wife Brandi posted a message on Twitter from both of them Tuesday, encouraged protestors to continue spreading their message and ridiculed the country’s current climate for its “injustice and hatred infused power.”

Wilson vowed to donate to the East Of The River Mutual Aid Fund and the Fort Dupont Cannons, who are based in D.C. and known to be the oldest minority hockey program in the U.S. He closed out his statement by writing, “I am contributing to these funds today, but I am committing to learn, to listen and to support going forward.”

Holtby and Wilson were the latest Capitals to weigh in on the protests after defenseman John Carlson committed to being “a part of the solution” and forward Alex Ovechkin called for everyone to “respect and love each other no matter what we look like.”

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Former Capitals forward Brett Connolly offers options to take tangible action against racism

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Former Capitals forward Brett Connolly offers options to take tangible action against racism

The senseless murder of George Floyd has shed light on the racism that still exists within America. In the wake of his tragic death, there are many who want to take action but are not sure how. Brett Connolly is here to help.

The former Capitals forward tweeted out a heartfelt message on Tuesday in response to a Tweet from J.T. Brown.

Connolly then took the extra step of Tweeting out a number of ways to take tangible action against racism including organizations you can support and donate to, places you can contact and movies you can watch to learn more.

Connolly was largely a soft-spoken player in his three seasons in Washington, but he did decline an invite to the White House extended to the Capitals as Stanley Cup champions. Connolly would not go into detail on why.

Connolly left Washington as a free agent in the summer and is in his first season with the Florida Panthers.

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