Tonight at Pepsi Center will feature a classic showdown between mentor vs. mentoree, sensei vs. senpai, and beardy goalie dad vs. his beardy goalie son.
Philipp Grubauer will start in goal for the Colorado Avalanche and face off against Braden Holtby. It marks only the second time the two former teammates have started against each other since the Capitals traded Gruabauer and Brooks Orpik for a draft pick during the 2018 NHL Draft.
After Pheonix Copley earned both starts against the Avalanche during the 2018-19 season, Holtby and Grubauer finally faced off against each other on October 14, 2019. Grubauer earned the win after stopping 29 of 32 shots. Holtby was pulled 7:54 into the first period after giving up three goals. The Avalanche won 6-3.
Coming into tonight’s game, Grubauer has won four straight games, including a 34-save shutout against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
— NHL (@NHL) February 12, 2020
Grubauer’s given up only five goals in his last four games and has a .974 save percentage in his last four starts.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) February 12, 2020
Philipp Grubauer allowed five goals four games ago.
In the last four games, including tonight, he has given up three goals and his WORST save percentage in that time is .958. #Avs
— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) February 12, 2020
Meanwhile, Braden Holtby has only won three of his last 11 starts as he’s split time recently with Russian rookie Ilya Samsonov. After replacing Sammy against the New York Islanders Monday, Holtby stopped all 12 shots he faced.
The Capitals-Avs game will also feature Alex Ovechkin gunning for 700 goals against Grubauer — he’s scored twice against him in his career — and Andre Burakovsky going for a career-high in goals against Holtby. So tonight should both be super weird and give us all the feels.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 13, 2020
I can’t wait.
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