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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
4-1-1 9
4-0-0 8
3-0-2 8
3-0-2 8
3-1-0 6
3-2-0 6
2-1-1 5
2-2-1 5

2021 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 1 0 1 2.33 .902 0

Top Ilya Samsonov News

  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Tough loss in relief

    Samsonov replaced Vitek Vanecek to begin the second period Saturday, stopping 13 of 14 shots to take the loss as the Capitals fell 4-3 in overtime to the Flames.

    After Vanecek dug a 3-0 hole for the Caps, Samsonov entered the game and gave his team a chance to mount a comeback, only to fall short in OT. The 24-year-old has only appeared in two games so far this season, taking a back seat to Vanecek in the early going, but Samsonov's 2.34 GAA should earn him a bigger workload soon enough.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Earns win in season debut

    Samsonov stopped 24 of 27 shots Tuesday in a 6-3 win over Colorado.

    After taking a backseat to Vitek Vanecek for the first two games of the year, Samsonov drew his first start and rode a wave of offensive support to victory. The 24-year-old Samsonov went 13-4-1 as a sophomore in 2020-21 but saw his save percentage drop to .902 from .913 the year prior. It's unclear this early in the year whether Samsonov or Vanecek will emerge as the lead option for the Capitals in 2021-22.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Between pipes versus Avs

    Samsonov will tend the twine against Colorado at home Tuesday.

    Samsonov watched Vitek Vanecek start the opening two matches of the year but will finally get his chance Tuesday. With Vanecek posting a 1-0-1 record and 1.44 GAA, Samsonov will have to be in peak form if he wants to keep himself in the mix for regular starts. Otherwise, he figures to be relegated to the backup role.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Hasn't played early on

    Samsonov has yet to start in goal for the Capitals this season.

    The Capitals have only played two games thus far this season, but Vitek Vanecek has gotten the starting nod for both and has looked pretty solid in the process, a disconcerting development for fantasy managers that selected Samsonov in this year's drafts. If Samsonov doesn't get the starting nod for Tuesday's clash, it may be time to hit the panic button.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Expected to play Friday

    Samsonov (lower body) is on the roster for Friday's preseason tilt with the Flyers.

    It's unclear if Samsonov will start or how long he's expected to play but it will be his first appearance since missing practice earlier this week. The 24-year-old figures to carry most of the workload for Washington this season after registering a 2.69 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 19 games last season.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Practicing Wednesday

    Samsonov (lower body) took part in Wednesday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov has been absent from practice since getting nicked up in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers, so his return to the ice is a positive sign. Though Samsonov will not play in Wednesday's preseason match, his return to practice should boost optimism surrounding his availability for the regular-season opener against the Rangers on Oct. 13.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Deemed day-to-day

    Samsonov (lower body) is considered day-to-day according to coach Peter Laviolette, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov ended the 2020-21 campaign with four straight losses, including the postseason, in which he posted a subpar 2.99 GAA and .896 save percentage. The Russian netminder heads into the season as the presumptive No. 1, though Vitek Vanecek should get his fair share of opportunities, as well.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Not practicing Sunday

    Samsonov (lower body) did not take part in Sunday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    News of Samsonov's injury was somewhat surprising given that he played the entirety of a 3-1 loss to the Flyers -- stopping 28 shots in the process -- the previous night. The 24-year-old will be reevaluated Monday, but should Samsonov's absence linger into the regular season -- which for Washington begins Oct. 13 -- Vitek Vanecek would see an increase in workload.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Draws start Saturday

    Samsonov will get the start on the road Saturday against the Flyers, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

    Samsonov stopped six of eight shots faced after relieving starter Zach Fucale in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils. The 24-year-old is expected to get the bulk of the work in Saturday's contest.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Getting preseason work Wednesday

    Samsonov will get some playing time during Wednesday's home match against the Devils, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Pell notes that Washington plans for Samsonov to spell starter Zach Fucale at some point during Wednesday's action, though the workload split has not been announced. The 24-year-old enters the 2021-22 season as the presumptive starter but will need to fend off Vitek Vanecek for playing time during the upcoming season, which could constrain his fantasy upside.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Joins teammates for practice

    Samsonov (undisclosed) practiced Friday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Samsonov didn't represent Team Russia at the IIHF World Championship in May due to an undisclosed injury, but whatever prevented him from participating in that tournament evidently is no longer an issue. The 24-year-old netminder will battle Vitek Vanecek for playing time in 2021-22.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Inks one-year deal

    Samsonov (undisclosed) penned a one-year, $2 million contract with Washington on Monday.

    Samsonov went 13-4-1 with two shutouts and a 2.69 GAA in 19 appearances this past season while splitting the crease with Vitek Vanecek (lower body). The No. 1 job will almost certainly be up for grabs during training camp with the duo likely to divide the workload during the 2021-22 campaign.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Won't play in World Championship

    Samsonov (undisclosed) won't join Team Russia for the IIHF World Championship tournament in Latvia, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov was originally expected to join Team Russia after getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Bruins on Sunday, but an undisclosed injury will prevent him from doing so. The 24-year-old goaltender went 13-4-1 while posting a 2.69 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 19 regular-season appearances before suffering three straight losses to the Bruins in the playoffs while posting a sub-par 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Headed to World Championships

    Samsonov will join Russia for the IIHF World Championships, Martin Merk of IIHF.com reports.

    Samsonov should be fairly fresh given that he has only played three games since May 1, posting a 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage behind a 0-3 record in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 24-year-old managed a 2.69 GAA and .902 save percentage behind a 13-4-1 record in 19 starts during the regular season.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Takes season-ending loss

    Samsonov allowed three goals on 19 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.

    Samsonov kept the Bruins at bay in the first period, but they struck twice in the second en route to the series-clinching win. The 24-year-old Samsonov gave up 10 goals on 99 shots in his three appearances in the series. The Russian netminder is a restricted free agent this offseason. He'll likely head into the 2021-22 campaign battling for the starting job with Vitek Vanecek.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets nod in elimination game

    Samsonov was the first goalie off the ice at Sunday's morning skate, suggesting that he'll start Game 5 against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    After his game-ending blunder in double overtime marred an otherwise strong Game 3 performance, Samsonov was less effective in Game 4, allowing four goals on 37 shots as the Capitals reached the precipice of elimination. He'll need to be better in Game 5 with the season on the line, and so will the group of skaters in front of him.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets little help in Game 4 loss

    Samsonov turned aside 33 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 4 of their first-round series.

    Three of Boston's goals came on the power play, and the Caps didn't even get on the board until they were already down 3-0 in the third period. Samsonov has faced a whopping 80 shots while losing two straight games, and whether he's back in net in Game 5 or Washington turns back to Vitek Vanecek, the team will need to give its goalie a lot more help if it's going to get back in this series.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets starting nod

    Per JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington, Samsonov was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll patrol the crease during Friday's Game 4 on the road against the Bruins.

    Samsonov played pretty well in Wednesday's Game 3 versus Boston, stopping 40 of 43 shots, but a miscommunication between he and Justin Schultz in double overtime ultimately led to Craig Smith's game-winning goal. The 24-year-old backstop will try to shake off that costly mistake and help his team even the series at two games apiece by picking up his first win of the postseason Friday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia
Age: 24
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left