Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Goal Tonight Against Penguins; Nic Dowd Skates

After a well deserved day off on Saturday the Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Sunday for their gameday morning skate. Following the workout Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media to discuss tonight’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Laviolette confirmed that Vitek Vanecek will get the start in goal tonight. Vanecek is 3-2-3 with a 2.51 GAA and a .906 save percentage so far this season. Tristan Jarry is expected to get the start for the Penguins. The lines at morning skate:

In injury news, Nic Dowd skated this morning, likely indicating he is closer to his return. He was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a lower body injury against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

The Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Capital One Arena on Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Game. The Caps enter tonight’s game at 8-2-4 and in the second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Caps forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded 18 points (5g, 13a) in 14 games this season, which is tied for sixth in the NHL. Since entering the NHL on March 10, 2014, Kuznetsov ranks third in the NHL in assists per 60 minutes of play (1.54) among skaters with at least 400 games played during that span (Connor McDavid: 1.86; Artemi Panarin: 1.64).

Individually at five-on-five, Kuznetsov has created 25 scoring chances, which are tied for the fourth-most on the Capitals (Alex Ovechkin: 39; Connor McMichael: 29; Daniel Sprong: 26; Garnet Hathaway: 25).

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 Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Goal Tonight Against Penguins; Nic Dowd Skates

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do work, VV!

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

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