ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to start in goal Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC), Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.
Holtby, who has been battling an illness since prior to Game 1, sat out of Washington's optional practice Thursday and the morning skate Friday. His official status will be decided after the pregame warm-up.
"We'll have to get him in warm-up and go from there," Trotz said. "I've had players that you didn't think they were going to play and they have incredible games. The mind is a pretty good thing."
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was recalled Friday from Hershey of the American Hockey League as a precautionary measure in the event Holtby isn't able to play, and he participated in Washington's morning skate.
Grubauer, 23, has played in 20 games for Washington. His only start for the Capitals this season was Feb. 6, a 23-save shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks.
He could make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut if Holtby is unable to play.
"Exciting to be here, be part of the team again, be in this playoff run," Grubauer said. "I've never been part of this [the] last couple years. Actually practicing with the team once is really nice."
Forward Tom Wilson confirmed he has been cleared medically and will play in the fourth Stanley Cup Playoff game of his career. Wilson played in three games of Washington's first-round series against the New York Rangers in 2013.
"You play the whole season to get ready for the playoffs and we feel like we're ready and we have a plan," Wilson said. "I'm expecting the guys will be coming out flying tonight."
Wilson was injured April 5 while blocking a shot against the Detroit Red Wings. Trotz said he is confident Wilson's return will boost the intensity of the series.
"He'll give us a big body down low, physicality and some net-front presence," Trotz said. "Those are things that we look for [Wilson] to do on a nightly basis."
Here are the projected lineups:
Nikolay Kulemin - John Tavares - Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Michael Grabner
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Brian Strait
Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky
Scratched: Colin McDonald, Eric Boulton, Matt Donovan, Griffin Reinhart, Tyler Kennedy
Injured: Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), Travis Hamonic (undisclosed)
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Joel Ward
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Jay Beagle
Curtis Glencross - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner
Mike Green - Tim Gleason
Scratched: Andre Burakovsky, Michael Latta, Philipp Grubauer
Injured: Dmitry Orlov (wrist), John Erskine (neck surgery)
Status report: Orlov participated in Washington's morning skate Friday but there is no update as to when he could be back in the lineup.
Who's hot: Johansson scored his fifth career playoff goal in Game 1 against the Islanders. … Orpik led all skaters with nine hits Wednesday. … Ovechkin had eight shots on goal in Game 1, marking the 10th time in his NHL career he has had eight or more shots on goal in a playoff game.