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The Noon Number: Grubi, Baby

A look at a busy night for the Caps’ “backup” goalie

NHL: Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

39 - Number of saves made by Philipp Grubauer in last night’s shutout win over Detroit, his highest save total of the season and the second-highest by a Caps goalie this year (trailing only Braden Holtby’s 40 saves in a 4-3 OT loss to Winnipeg). Grubauer’s previous high was a 37-save outing against the Rangers, which was also a shutout (albeit a rare shutout loss).

The 39 shots he faced from the Wings also tied the second-highest number of shots given up by the Caps in one of his starts; the highest was 40 shots, ceded way back in October against Tampa.

Per Elias, Grubauer also becomes just the fourth goalie in franchise history to make at least 39 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory, and the first to do so since Michal Neuvirth blanked Pittsburgh back on February 21, 2011. The other Washington goalies to accomplish that are Clint Malarchuk (Jan. 26, 1989 at Philadelphia, 42 saves) and Brent Johnson (April 1, 2006 at Ottawa, 46 saves).