Ilya Samsonov Gets The Start In Goal, Nic Dowd Back In Lineup Tonight Against Panthers

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told media this afternoon that Ilya Samsonov will get the start in goal for the Capitals tonight when they face the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida. He also said that Nic Dowd will return to the lineup tonight.

Aliaksei Protas was re-assigned to Hershey to make room for Dowd in the lineup. Brett Leason will stay in the lineup.

Samsonov is 3-0-0-1 with a 2.43 GAA and a .904 save percentage so far this season. Samsonov has never faced the Florida Panthers.

Center Nic Dowd Dowd has missed three of the past four games with a lower-body injury but was a full participant during the Washington Capitals’ line rushes at Wednesday’s practice at the Panther’s Ice Den.

The Capitals did not hold a gameday morning skate this morning. Lines at yesterday’s practice:

Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal for the Florida Panthers. He is 6-0-0-0 with a 1.81 GAA and a .944 save percentage so far this season. For his career against the Capitals he is 9-12-5 with a 3.02 GAA and a .898 save percentage.

Puck drop tonight is set for 7:00 PM.

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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