Vitek Vanecek To Start; Capitals To Roll With Same Lineup vs. Lightning

Head coach Peter Laviolette announced prior to the Washington Capitalsgame against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) that Vitek Vanecek will start a second straight game in net after making 23 saves in Wednesday’s 5-1 season-opening win against the New York Rangers.

Defenseman Dennis Cholowski, who was claimed off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, participated in Saturday’s morning skate but as an extra alongside Matt Irwin. The 23-year-old said he would take warm-ups but not play vs. the Lightning.

The Capitals will roll with the same lineup against the Lightning as they did on Wednesday. Center Connor McMichael took rushes as an extra forward.

Here is how the Lightning are expected to look in Washington on Saturday:

Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media following Saturday morning’s team skate.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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2 Responses to Vitek Vanecek To Start; Capitals To Roll With Same Lineup vs. Lightning

  1. TJ O'Vechkin says:

    Looking forward to a great game tonight. The Caps beat a bad team last week. Can’t wait to see how they do against a good team.

  2. DC Scappeli says:

    Having two good goalies on the team competing for the #1 is not a bad thing. It’s a good problem to have and the competition will make both of them better. Someone has to prove it and earn it. d

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