Ilya Samsonov Will Start In Goal Against Blue Jackets

The Washington Capitals had the morning off following last night’s 2-0 blanking of the Red Wings in Detroit. Head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media prior to the Capitals game against the Blue Jackets tonight and said Ilya Samsonov will get the start in goal.

Samsonov is 3-0-0-1 with a 2.91 GAA and a .893 save percentage so far this season. Backup Joonas Korpisalo (2-2-0, 3.43 GAA, .905 sv%) will get the start in goal for the Blue Jackets.

The Capitals face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight for the first time this season. This marks Washington’s first game against Columbus since Dec. 27, 2019 – a 2-1 overtime win at Capital One Arena.

Alex Ovechkin has recorded 28 points (18g, 10a) in 37 career games against Columbus. Since the Capitals and Blue Jackets joined the Metropolitan Division in the 2013-14 season, Ovechkin’s 12 goals are tied for the fourth-most against Columbus during that span.

Tonight’s game marks the tail end of a back-to-back for the Caps, who shut out Detroit 2-0 last night at Little Caesars Arena. This is the first set of 13 back-to-backs Washington will face this 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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2 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Will Start In Goal Against Blue Jackets

  1. Melissa says:

    Cannot wait for Checky to be back in net.

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