Ilya Samsonov And Connor McMichael Will Make Their First Starts Of The Season Against Avalanche


Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette stated in his morning media session that goaltender Ilya Samsonov and forward Connor McMichael will get their first starts of the season tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

In his last preseason game Samsonov stopped 28 of 31 shots faced, which equated to a .903 Save Percentage.

Samsonov finished last season with a 13-4-1 record, a .902 save percentage, a 2.69 goals-against average, and two shutouts.

Connor McMichael will also make his first start of the season. He made his NHL debut back on January 24th against the Buffalo Sabres. McMichael seemed excited to get the opportunity to finally play in front of home fans.

“A lot more energy in the rink, just watching the last two games, the 20-year old said of the Capitals’ fans, “The crowd really brought the energy to the boys and I heard all the guys talking about in the room so I’m looking forward to that and experiencing a real game with real fans”.

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 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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1 Response to Ilya Samsonov And Connor McMichael Will Make Their First Starts Of The Season Against Avalanche

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good test for Sammy. Vanecek has set a high bar for him, hopefully he’s ready for the test.

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