July 9, 2020

Washington Capitals Morning Skate Update & Audio for April 17, 2015: Philipp Grubauer, Justin Peters and Barry Trotz

Arlington, Va. – No shortage of news at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning, with the Washington Capitals set to take on the New York Islanders in the second game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Caps goalie Braden Holtby did not take the ice, with precautionary measures in place for someone who’s been a key cog for Washington so far this season.

Holtby is “under the weather'” according to head coach Barry Trotz, who declined to elaborate on his ailment. He did, however, say that it’s why Holtby didn’t take part in yesterday’s optional skate. Trotz expects Holtby to heal up in time for the 7:00 p.m. faceoff at Verizon Center, but has Phillip Grubauer here as a contingency.

Holtby was at the facility today but, unsurprisingly, was not made available to the media. For his part, Grubauer says he hasn’t talked to anybody yet regarding his status for this evening, and says it’s “exciting to be up here and be part of the team again during this playoff round.”

Grubauer was called up from AHL Hershey yesterday and was on the starter’s end of the rink at the morning skate, and was the first goalie off the ice as well. If Holtby can’t go, Grubauer will get the call in Game 2.

Tom Wilson was on the fourth line during morning rushes, taking the right wing alongside Curtis Glencross and Brooks Laich. Trotz says Wilson can “give us a big body down low, physicality, obviously, and some net-front presence. Those are things that we look for [Wilson] to do on a nightly basis.” Wilson’s been out since taking a puck to the helmet in the game at Detroit on April 5.

See below for the full lineup and audio from Grubauer, Trotz and Justin Peters.

Forwards:

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Ward

Johansson-Backstrom-Brouwer

Chimera-Fehr-Beagle

Glencross-Laich-Wilson

Defense:

Orpik-Carlson

Alzner-Niskanen

Gleason-Green

Goalies:

Grubauer, Peters

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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