Tag Archives: Goaltending

With The Capitals Needing To Shed Salary, Could Pheonix Copley Be Moved?

Photo: WaPo The flat salary cap is going to make it a struggle for lots of teams to be active and make necessary changes over the next three years, and the Washington Capitals are no different. They enter the offseason … Continue reading

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2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Preview

How will the NHL’s Western Conference shake out after the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Continue reading

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A Look At Braden Holtby’s Starts To Seasons: Is There A Reason For Concern When Capitals’ Season Resumes?

While the regular season is complete, it is still going to feel very much like a new season when the NHL resumes play after five months in between games due to the coronavirus pandemic. Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has … Continue reading

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A Look At How Capitals’ Goalies Performed During Their Rookie Season

Photo: @Capitals As goaltender Ilya Samsonov looks poised to become the Washington Capitals‘ starter for the foreseeable future after this season due to a strong campaign and Braden Holtby set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to be … Continue reading

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While Braden Holtby Remains The Capitals’ No. 1 Goalie, Ilya Samsonov Needs To Be Tested Down The Stretch

Photo: @Capitals Goaltender Braden Holtby has secured the top spot in net for the Washington Capitals after rebounding from struggles throughout January when he went 2-6-0 with an .843 save percentage (the second-worst in the league during that period) and … Continue reading

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A Look at Trevor Hanger, the Washington Capitals’ Emergency Backup Goalie

The topic of emergency backup goalies has been taking the hockey world by storm recently ever since the phenomenal story of 42-year-old David Ayres suiting up for the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Emergency backup goalies … Continue reading

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Capitals Recall Goaltender Vitek Vanecek From AHL Hershey Bears

Photo: NHL.com The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Vitek Vanecek from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

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Like Philipp Grubauer, Ilya Samsonov Has Appeared To Push Braden Holtby For Playing Time. How Do The Two Compare?

Photo: Newsday Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has struggled lately as he’s posted an .811 save percentage and has allowed 19 goals in his last five games, going 1-4-0 in that span. Meanwhile, goaltender Ilya Samsonov‘s .921 save percentage ranks … Continue reading

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Now Is The Time For The Capitals To Give Ilya Samsonov More Starts

Ever since the Washington Capitals drafted goalie Ilya Samsonov with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the franchise has touted the now-22-year-old as the future of the franchise. After watching Samsonov go 8-1-1 in his first 10 starts, it’s … Continue reading

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Ilya Samsonov: A Look at Braden Holtby’s New Understudy and Potential Heir Apparent

Placing goaltender Pheonix Copley on waivers earlier in the week made it clear that 2015 top pick Ilya Samsonov would be the new understudy for starter Braden Holtby to start the 2019-20 season. In just his second season in North America, the … Continue reading

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