Head coach Peter Laviolette announced that goaltender Charlie Lindgren will make his Washington Capitals debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday (7:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market) after Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves in the team’s season-opening 5-2 loss against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
As expected, Charlie Lindgren gets the start in net tonight, making his #Caps debut here In Toronto against the Leafs.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) October 13, 2022
The 28-year-old went 5-0-0 with a .958 save percentage and 1.22 goals-against average in five NHL games with the St. Louis Blues last season. He also posted a .925 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average in 34 games with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds before signing a three-year contract with Washington on July 13.
At five-on-five, Lindgren posted a .950 save percentage (including .913 at high-danger), 1.45 goals-against average, and a 3.42 goals-saved above average at the NHL-level. He also tallied a 1.000 penalty-killing save percentage.
In 29 career NHL games with the Blues and Montreal Canadiens, Lindgren has gone 15-12-2 with a .913 save percentage, 2.74 goals-against average, and two shutouts.
He has a 1-2-0 record, .888 save percentage, and 4.83 goals-against average in three career games against the Maple Leafs.
Ilya Samsonov will make his Toronto debut against his former team after the Capitals did not tender him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent.
By Harrison Brown