Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Goal For Capitals In Season Opener

Washington Capitals bench boss Peter Laviolette announced following the team’s morning skate on Wednesday that Vitek Vanecek will get the start in goal against the Rangers in the team’s season opener Wednesday night.

According to Laviolette, Vanecek separated himself from Samsonov in training camp.

Vanecek went 29-10-4 with a 2.69 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 37 games played last season. Samsonov went 13-4-0 with a 2.61 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 19 games played last season.

The Capitals kick-off their 2021-22 campaign tonight at 7:30 PM. The game will be carried nationally on TNT.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Goal For Capitals In Season Opener

  1. Anonymous says:

    Surprising, but not really. If he outworked Samsonov, good for VV.

  2. Mark Eiben says:

    Good for him. Sammy has a lot riding on this year too. If he disappoints again…boy the Caps have such high hopes for him to be the franchise goaltender as the long term Holtby replacement. VV is good but if they want to contend these next few years might have to get a bigger upgrade for the future before it’s too late.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      No doubt. Hopefully this is a kick in Sammy’s pants (again). He needs to focus and get after it. I tracked him closely since draft/2025. He needs time to get hot, but when he does get hot he is top-5 caliber netminder.

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