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The Noon Countdown: Gru Up

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look back at the projected backup's NHL start

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59 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2015-16 season. But it's also...

...the number of shots Philipp Grubauer faced in his first visit to the NHL, a two-game stretch in the 2012-13 season. Grubauer turned aside all but five of those shots for a very respectable save percentage of .915, but finished his rookie "season" with a record of 0-1.

He saw significantly more action the following season, getting the start in 14 games (and appearing in 17 overall) and putting up a .925 save percentage in 2013-14.