Zach Fucale To Start In Goal Tonight, Ilya Samsonov Will Relieve


The Washington Capitals are set to play their second preseason game tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Area. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

Zach Fucale will get the start in goal, with Ilya Samsonov coming in relief. Defenseman Michal Kempny will make his 2021 preseason debut tonight.

Lines for tonight have not yet been released, but we should see Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Mantha on a top-six line and Protas-Lapierre-Oshie on the second middle-six line. Michal Kempny will also getting be his first preseason game of the season.

Fucale, a 6’-2” 190lb netminder from Laval, Quebec, was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (#36 overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was originally signed by the Capitals to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$75,000) on August 19, 2020, and subsequently signed a two-year, two-way contract for $750,000/$150,000 in 2021-22 and and $750,000/$160,000 in 2022-23 on March 28, 2021. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season.

[Zach Fucale: 2021 Annual Review and Forecast]

Fucale, 26, went 9-2-0 with a .932 save percentage and a 1.80 GAA in 11 games played last season, the best in the AHL.

Rosters for tonight:

The Capitals have two extra forwards and one extra defenseman on the roster for tonight. Going by the morning skate, Malenstyn, Morelli and Johansen will be the players who won’t dress.

Capitals’ head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media following practice this morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

In total, 13 players selected by Washington in the NHL draft are in the lineup for Washington on Wednesday.

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By Jon Sorensen

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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3 Responses to Zach Fucale To Start In Goal Tonight, Ilya Samsonov Will Relieve

  1. Anonymous says:

    It will be good to see Fucale in goal tonight. He could be a dark horse for the number 2 position this season.

  2. DC Scappeli says:

    Carly with the goal! But they gotta stay out of the box, plagued them last season

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