Photo: Greg Fiume
With Braden Holtby sick on Friday night, top prospect goaltender Philipp Grubauer made a spot start for the Capitals in game two. The Caps won the game 4-3, but in the process, Grubauer’s kryptonite might have been exposed: high shots to the glove side.
This was first discovered by NBC analyst and guy-who-knows-what-college-you-went-to, Pierre McGure.
“Potentially, the American Hockey League team in Bridgeport has informed Jack Capuano and his staff maybe that’s what they detected on Grubauer whenever they’ve played Hershey,” McGuire said during Friday’s telecast. “It’s clearly apparent that the Islanders are comfortable shooting high glove side on him.”
I’m not too worried about this. There’s another guy who sometimes struggles with shots high and to the glove side: Henrik Lundqvist (and also pretty much every goalie ever in the history of hockey).
It was interesting how much success the Islanders had on Grubi Friday night– especially considering the German goaltender has a career save percentage over .925 at the NHL level.
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