He has more contract security than the teammate in front of him. His team gave up a pretty good asset to get him. Yet, for the fourth straight game, Philipp Grubauer was slated to be a glorified spectator on Wednesday night as Semyon Varlamov was slated to get another start against the Boston Bruins.
Grubauer, acquired from the Washington Capitals for a second-round pick last summer, has played just one game since Oct. 26. That one game? Didn’t go so well. Seven goals on 37 shots in a 7-6 overtime loss at Vancouver.
After Wednesday’s morning skate at the Pepsi Center, Avs coach Jared Bednar said it’s likely Grubauer will get the start Friday night against the Capitals. That will be his chance to get back on track, to not only get a win but get his saves percentage back over hockey’s version of the Mendoza Line: .900. It currently sits at .893, and in parts of six seasons of previous NHL experience, all with Washington, his saves percentage has never been lower than .915.
Asked by BSN Denver if he’s been surprised at his lack of play recently, Grubauer said: