Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Net at Lightning

Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek will be in net on Monday night when the team starts a two-game Florida road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally).

The 25-year-old is 2-0-2 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.26 goals-against average (tied 20th in NHL) in five games this season this season.

Vanecek made 22 saves in the Capitals’ first game of the season against the Lightning, a 2-1 overtime loss at Capital One Arena on October 13.

Since starting the season 2-0-1 with a .941 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average, Vanecek has cooled off as he has earned a 0-0-1 record with an .842 save percentage and a 4.43 goals-against average in two games. He was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the first period of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on October 23.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov played in three of the past four games.

The Capitals enter Monday’s game three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for first in the Metropolitan Division and tied with the New York Rangers for second with a game in hand. The Hurricanes and Capitals have played the same amount of games.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

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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