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.
“It’s going to be a good challenge for us defensively.”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 19, 2021
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