Capitals Make No Changes To Top-Six; Ilya Samsonov Returns To Practice: Wednesday’s Practice Notebook

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Goaltender Ilya Samsonov returned to practice and was a full participant at the Washington Capitals‘ practice on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s morning skate with an apparent upper-body injury. The team reassigned Vitek Vanecek to the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Wednesday, along with defenseman Martin Fehervary, after he was called up to back up Braden Holtby during the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

A shooter tutor has replaced Samsonov, who was helped off by trainers and captain Alex Ovechkin, during Tuesday’s morning skate.

The 22-year old started each of the Capitals’ past two games before Holtby started and made 29 saves against the Kings. Samsonov ranks third in the NHL with a 2.21 goals-against average and ninth with a .923 save percentage in his rookie season. He had won 11 straight games before making 29 saves in the Capitals’ 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Samsonov told reporters that he is fine and was checked by the doctors. Head coaach Todd Reirden said that he passed concussion protocol and that there are no issues.

After forward T.J. Oshie was elevated to the top-line in the final few minutes of Tuesday’s win over the Kings and that proved to be a spark for the team, the Capitals kept him there during Wednesday’s practice. Forward Tom Wilson remained with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and forward Jakub Vrana.

On Fehervary being reassigned to the Bears, Reirden reiterated that he liked his play last night vs. the Kings and the team would reevaluate the roster on a daily basis.

The Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).

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3 Responses to Capitals Make No Changes To Top-Six; Ilya Samsonov Returns To Practice: Wednesday’s Practice Notebook

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Twenty-eight games to go. Sure would help if the Caps begin to play effectively again. Multiple, miracle last-minute flourishes won’t work in the playoffs. Caps continue to look “stuck in neutral” many nights.

    Nineteen days to the NHL Trade Deadline. Wonder what GMBM will do

  2. Marky says:

    At the very least bench Jensen and let Fehry play in his place.

  3. Anonymous says:

    the play race is very tight and I see teams looking for guys like TB and NJ…

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