Zach Fucale Will Get The Start In Goal Against Red Wings

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media following the team’s optional morning skate this morning in Detroit. He announced that Zach Fucale will get the start in goal tonight against the Red Wings. This will be Fucale’s first career NHL start. Ilya Samsonov will be the backup. Vitek Vanecek is taking a maintenance day.

Fucale, 26, is 3-0-2 with Hershey this season with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. The 6’2″, 189-pound goaltender is tied for second in the AHL in goals-against average among goaltenders with at least five games played.

[Zach Fucale: 2021 Annual Review and Forecast]

During the 2020-21 season, the Laval, Quebec, native led the AHL in goals-against average (1.80) and ranked second in save percentage (.932), establishing career highs in both categories.

Fucale played 11 games with Hershey, the most games he has played at the AHL level since the 2017-18 season, posting a 9-2-0-1 record. Fucale’s nine wins were tied for eighth in the AHL, while his two losses were the fewest among goaltenders with at least 660 minutes played.

Fucale and Pheonix Copley received the AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award, presented to the goaltenders on the team which allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season.

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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Zach Fucale Will Get The Start In Goal Against Red Wings

  1. novafyre says:

    I think that Sammy has pissed Lavi off and Lavi is trying to decide what to do. Do the Caps keep Sammy in DC or do they send him to Hershey/trade him and go with Vee and Fucale.

    At the very least, it sends a signal to Sammy.

    • PennyLane says:

      I think VV is still hurting and he doesn’t want to make it worse. They’re playing a back to back and he made the choice to save Samsonov for Columbus and put Fucale in tonight and let VV rest for the weekend.

      It’s not always deeper than it is.

  2. steven says:

    Totally agree with both previous statements; VV is hurting right now and whatever Samsonov did a couple of games ago put him in the doghouse and Im thinking that if Fucale plays well Samsonov goes to Hershey or maybe hits the road in a trade. think that the HC and management is tired of his antics especially at what they are paying him.Could we see VV maybe go on the IR for 10 days and Copley make an appearance ?

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