Talk about your one-hit wonders.
The morning after stopping all 14 shots he faced in his NHL debut, goaltender Philipp Grubauer was reassigned by the Capitals to the AHL Hershey Bears on Thursday, along with forward Casey Wellman.
Grubauer was an emergency recall from Hershey on Wednesday morning after the Capitals learned goaltender Michal Neuvirth was too ill to play against the Flyers Wednesday night. Wellman was recalled on Tuesday after Nicklas Backstrom missed practice with an illness.
Wellman, 25, did not play in a game for the Caps.
With Grubauer back in Hershey, the Caps will plan on heading to Winnipeg on Friday with Braden Holtby and Neuvirth in tow. Holtby [6-7-0, 3.26 GAA] is expected to get his ninth straight start Saturday against the Jets.
Neuvirth [1-4-1, 3.05 GAA] has not started since Feb. 7 in Pittsburgh. If Holtby can build on his recent string of strong performances – he had gone 5-2-0 before Wednesday’s 4-1 setback – he could get the Caps’ next three starts against the Jets [Saturday], the Bruins [Tuesday] and the Panthers [Thursday].
The Caps follow up that stretch with back-to-back games at the Islanders and at home against the Rangers March 9 and 10. If Adam Oates chooses to go with Neuvirth in that visit to Long Island, it would be his first start in more than a month.