Holtby will start Friday in Detroit.
Holtby allowed one goal on 29 shots in the Capitals’ 2-0 shutout loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Holtby has had a nice start to the season, winning three of five games while posting a 2.19 GAA and .931 SV%. The Capitals will go with Holtby in the first game of their back-to-back with Philipp Grubauer going Saturday against the Panthers.
Burakovsky has been demoted to the Capitals' third line in Detroit.
Burakovsky has just two assists in seven games in the Capitals’ top-6 so he was moved to the third line with Tom Wilson taking his spot with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. Burakovsky will be difficult to trust in fantasy circles while he’s outside the top-6.
Wilson will move into the Capitals' top-6 on Friday.
Andre Burakovsky has had a slow start to the season, so Wilson will move up to a line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie for tonight’s game in Detroit. This obviously helps Wilson’s fantasy status, but he has yet to record a point one four shots in three games this season. The 23-year-old has a career-high of just seven goals and 23 points.
Graovac is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
Graovac logged just 3:19 TOI during the Capitals loss to Toronto on Tuesday before departing with an upper-body injury. Graovac has not been a permanent fixture in the Caps’ lineup this season, playing in just three of seven games.
Eller (illness) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Eller missed practice on Monday, but was back on the ice for the Capitals morning skate and is now listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s game vs. the Maple Leafs. If Eller is unable to go, Tyler Graovac will draw into the lineup. Eller has two assists in six games this season.
Holtby will start Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs.
Holtby allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Capitals’ win in New Jersey on Friday. Philipp Grubauer gave him a breather on Saturday, so they’ll come back to Holtby tonight in a big matchup with the Maple Leafs. Holtby has started the season 3-1-0 with a 2.47 GAA and .923 SV%, but struggled against the Maple Leafs last season—allowed seven goals on 45 shots (.844 SV%).
Eller missed Monday's practice because of an illness.
Eller’s status for Tuesday’s game vs. the Maple Leafs is in question after missing Monday’s practice session with an illness. With Eller not on the ice, Tyler Graovac centred the Capitals’ third line. Eller has just assists in six games this season and doesn’t carry much fantasy value as a bottom-6 option in Washington.
Grubauer will start Saturday in Philadelphia.
Grubauer allowed four goals on 40 shots in the Capitals’ overtime loss in Tampa Bay on Monday. Grubauer was a busy man in his season debut and could be the same again tonight as he faces a Flyers team that is tied for 13th in shots on goal per game (33.3) so far this season. Grubauer is one of the best spot-start options in the NHL and that doesn’t change tonight.
Holtby will start Friday in New Jersey.
Holtby allowed three goals on 36 shots in the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday. It was Holtby’s first loss of the season and he’s now 2-1-0 with a 2.62 GAA and .925 SV% through three starts. Holtby will split the Capitals’ back-to-back on Friday/Saturday with Philipp Grubauer, drawing the Devils on Friday—they are 3-0-0 with 5.33 goals for per game.
Wilson has served his suspension and will make his season debut on Friday.
Wilson missed the first four games of the season because of a suspension he earned in the preseason. He will draw into the lineup on the third line with Lars Eller and Brett Conolly and comes into this season after posting 19 points (7G / 12A), 95 shots and 239 hits last year.