Holtby allowed two goals on 36 shots in a win over the Predators on Saturday. Holtby has now won three out of his last four starts with a 2.50 GAA and .926 SV%. He gets the nod tonight against the Lightning who have dropped three out of their last four.
Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is still on injured reserve, but is skating this morning.
With Philipp Grubauer winning his start on Sunday and proving to be a capable backup, there is no reason for the Capitals to rush Neuvirth back. He will likely miss his sixth straight game tonight unless he is activated from IR after the morning skate.
Grubauer made nine saves in a relief effort on Tuesday, but has not made a start for the Capitals this season. In nine starts with Hershey (AHL) he was 4-4-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .910 SV%. He faces a Rangers team who are coming off of a loss to the Devils last night.
Holtby may very well get the call Sunday to make his seventh straight start. Coach Oates has said before he doesn’t see splitting back-to-back games between goaltenders as a necessity
Holtby stopped 34 of 36 shots in a win over the Predators last night. Should he get the call tonight it would be his second of the season against the Rangers. In the first contest he gave up two goals on 38 shots as the Caps were shutout 2-0.
Wey was the 115th overall pick in 2009 and started the season in the ECHL. After moving to the AHL he posted a goal and two assists in seven games. The Capitals like that Wey is a right handed shot on a blueline filled with lefties. He will start with Dmitry Orlov as his D-partner tonight.
Laich will miss his third straight game on Tuesday. Jay Beagle will remain in the lineup after two strong games in Laich's absence. Consider him day-to-day, as the injury is not believed to be all that serious.
Holtby stopped all but two of 39 shots in a win over the Islanders on Saturday. It was the second straight great performance after being shelled for five on Wednesday. Holtby closed out November with a 8-3-1 record accompanied by a 2.35 GAA and .933 SV% - a vast improvement over his 3.07/.913 of October.