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Ilya Samsonov Will Begin In Aim Tonight, Lars Eller Is Out

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media this afternoon previous to tonight’s tilt with the first-place New York Islanders. He offered an replace on tonight’s lineup for the Capitals.

Ilya Samsonov will get the beginning in aim tonight. Samsonov is 5-0-0-1 in six appearances to date this season.

Lars Eller will miss a second-straight recreation tonight. Eller left within the first interval of Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Flyers with a proper leg damage.

Eller stays “day-to-day”.

Laviolette mentioned the rest of the lineup remains to be to be decided.


  • The Washington Capitals face the New York Islanders tonight for the third time this season (2-0-0).
  • John Carlson (2g, 2a) and Justin Schultz (1g, 3a) every lead the Capitals in factors in opposition to the Islanders this season, whereas Conor Sheary additionally has two objectives in opposition to New York.
  • Tonight’s recreation is the second recreation of the primary set of three straight back-to-backs the Capitals will play from March 15 by means of March 26. This season, Washington is 6-1-0 of their 4 back-to-back units and a mixed 31-15-7 in back-to-back units during the last three seasons.
  • On the season’s halfway level, the Capitals are 18-6-4 (.714 level share), good for the fourth-highest level share in franchise historical past midway by means of the season. With a 6-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday evening, the Capitals are 9-1-0 of their final 10 video games.
  • Throughout that span, which started on Feb. 25, the Capitals rank second within the NHL with a .900 level share, second in objectives per recreation (3.90) and are tied for seventh in objectives in opposition to per recreation (2.40), by means of video games performed March 15.
  • Moreover, throughout this span, Washington is permitting 27.3 photographs per recreation, the seventh-lowest price within the NHL, whereas their anticipated 1.74 five-on-five objectives in opposition to per recreation is the third-lowest within the NHL, by means of video games performed March 15.
  • This season, Washington’s 71 five-on-five objectives rank first within the NHL, whereas their 12.3 group capturing share ranks first within the NHL. Courting again to March 9, Washington has scored at the very least 5 objectives in every of their final 4 video games, marking the primary time Washington has completed this feat since Feb. 5-11, 2017 (4 video games).

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first recreation on the Capital Centre in 1974. His ardour for the Caps has grown over the many years, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and neighborhood organizer, and most lately led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at Previous Dominion College, and is a Techniques Engineer throughout intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals behavior.

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