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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. Here are the projected lines for tonight’s game, courtesy of the Capitals Mike Vogel.
8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 43-Wilson
39-Mantha, 20-Eller, 10-Sprong
73-Sheary, 24-McMichael, 77-Oshie
62-Hagelin, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway
57-van Riemsdyk, 2-Schultz
19-Backstrom (hip, week-to-week)
95-Burakovsky, 29-MacKinnon, 96-Rantanen
75-Ranta, 91-Kadri, 37-Compher
43-Helm, 17-Yost, 25-O’Connor
4-Byram, 6-E. Johnson
28-Murray, 3-J. Johnson
13-Nichushkin (upper body)
22-Matteau (lower body)
COL: Landeskog will serve the final game of a two-game suspension. MacKinnon will make his 2021-22 regular-season debut after testing negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday. He tested positive for the virus on October 12.
WSH: McMichael will replace Lapierre in the lineup. Samsonov will play his first game of the season after Vanecek started the first two games.