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Holtby out, Grubauer in goal for Capitals vs. Islanders

by Katie Brown

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will not start 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).

Philipp Grubauer will start for Washington.

Holtby is listed as day-to-day with an illness. Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters Friday morning that Holtby felt ill prior to Game 1 on Wednesday and would take warm-ups before his starting status was decided.

Grubauer will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. Grubauer was recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Friday morning.

Justin Peters backed up Holtby in Game 1, when he gave up three goals on 26 shots in a 4-1, Game 1 loss.

Peters has not played since March 28, twice since March 13. He was 3-6-1 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 12 games.

Grubauer, 23, has played in 20 NHL games, going 7-6-5 with a 2.44 GAA and .924 save percentage. His 2014-15 NHL debut was Feb. 6 against the Anaheim Ducks, making 23 saves in the a 3-2 shootout victory.

Grubauer was 27-17-5 record with six shutouts, a 2.30 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 49 games with Hershey of the American Hockey League this season. He was third in the AHL in wins, tied for third in shutouts, 10th in goals-against average, and tied for 10th in save percentage.

He represented the Eastern Conference at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, N.Y, and won the top goaltender award at the AHL All-Star Classic skills competition.

Holtby led NHL goaltenders with 73 games played and was 41-20-10 with a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage.

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