Vanecek (lower body) did not participate in practice Sunday and is day-to-day ahead of Monday's Game 2 against Boston, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Considering it's playoff time and coaches rarely spill the beans about their netminders, this news comes as no surprise. Head coach Peter Laviolette further muddied the waters by saying he wasn't sure if Vanecek is "short" day-to-day or "long" day-to-day. Washington's starter for Game 2 has yet to be named, but it could be Ilya Samsonov (undisclosed), who was on the ice for practice Sunday, or 39-year-old veteran Craig Anderson.
Vanecek (lower body) will not return to Saturday's Game 1 versus the Bruins.
Vanecek appeared to overextend himself on the Bruins' first goal by Jake DeBrusk. With the 25-year-old Vanecek out, Craig Anderson will take over the goaltending duties. More information on Vanecek's status should arise before Monday's Game 2.
Vanecek (undisclosed) left in the first period of Saturday's game against Boston and was accompanied to the locker room by the trainer, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. He was replaced by Craig Anderson.
Vanecek reacted late to a Jake DeBrusk shot and injured himself while stretching to cover the gaping side of the net to no avail, as the puck still got by him to tie the game at 1-1. Ilya Samsonov cleared COVID-19 protocols earlier Saturday but didn't dress for this one, leaving Anderson as the team's lone available goalie. Vanecek stopped three of four shots before exiting.
Vanecek was the first goalie off the ice at Washington's morning skate Saturday, suggesting he'll start Game 1 against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Ilya Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) didn't participate in morning skate and is expected to miss Game 1, simplifying the decision for coach Peter Laviolette. Vanecek will be making his postseason debut on the back of a strong rookie regular season in which he posted a 21-10-4 record, 2.69 GAA and .908 save percentage.
Vanecek turned aside 24 of 25 shots Tuesday in a 2-1 win over th Bruins.
Vanecek got the nod in the regular-season finale and, playing behind a depleted Washington lineup, allowed just a Curtis Lazar tap-in midway through the second period. It was an encouraging performance for Vanecek, who will likely draw the Game 1 starting assignment in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Ilya Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) on the shelf. The 25-year-old Vanecek finished his first NHL regular season with a 21-10-4 record to go with a 2.69 GAA and .908 save percentage.
Vanecek will get the start at home in Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Bruins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Vanecek has struggled recently with Washington missing so many key players from its lineup, posting a 2.61 GAA and .898 save percentage behind a 3-1-1 record in his last five starts. With Ilya Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) sidelined indefinitely, it's likely that the 25-year-old will get the first crack at the Bruins when the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway on Saturday. Washington could be shorthanded for Tuesday's regular-season finale, which makes starting the Czech netminder a somewhat risky fantasy proposition.
Vanecek stopped 25 of 28 shots in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Flyers.
Philadelphia's final goal was scored into an empty net. Vanecek had been 3-0-1 over his prior four starts, and on the season the 25-year-old rookie has a 2.74 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Vanecek will defend the blue paint during Friday's home game versus the Flyers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Vanecek was decent in his last start Wednesday versus the Rangers, stopping 19 of 21 shots en route to a 4-2 win. He'll try to extend his personal winning streak to three games in a home matchup with a Philadelphia team that's averaging 2.81 goals per game on the road this year, 15th in the NHL.
Vanecek stopped 19 of 21 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
The Capitals tilted the ice away from Vanecek, finishing with a 35-21 edge in shots. He was beaten early in the third period and again for the game's final goal late in the frame, but the 25-year-old Czech was still more than good enough to secure the 20th win of his rookie campaign.
Vanecek will get the road start Wednesday against the Rangers, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Vanecek will get the bulk of the starts as long as Ilya Samsonov (coach's decision) remains out of the lineup and could get the first crack at manning the cage come playoff time should he play well down the stretch. The 24-year-old is gunning for his 20th win of the season Wednesday and currently sports a 2.76 GAA and .907 save percentage behind a 19-9-4 record in 34 starts.
Vanecek made 23 saves in Monday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
All three Blueshirts goals came in a seven-minute stretch covering the late first period and the beginning of the second, but the Caps gave Vanecek more than enough support to overcome that hiccup. The 25-year-old is 2-0-1 over his last three starts, boosting his record to 19-9-4, and on the season he sports a 2.76 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Vanecek will get the road start Monday against the Rangers, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Vanecek has been going through a rough patch of late, posting a 3.95 GAA and .861 save percentage behind a 1-2-1 record in his last four starts. Given Washington's lack of success against the Rangers this season, the confirmed absence of T.J. Oshie (personal) and the uncertain availability of both Alex Ovechkin (lower body) and John Carlson (lower body), it's fair to wonder if the 25-year-old goalie's recent troubles could continue through Monday's start.
Vanecek allowed five goals on 35 shots Thursday in a 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Vanecek yielded five goals for the second time in his last three starts, with an 18-save shutout sandwiched in between. The 25-year-old fell to 18-9-4 on the year with a 2.75 GAA and .908 save percentage. He's also pitched a pair of shutouts.
Vanecek will defend the blue paint during Thursday's home game versus the Penguins.
Vanecek wasn't very busy in his last start Tuesday against the Islanders, but he was sharp when he needed to be, stopping all 18 shots he faced en route to his 18th win and second shutout of the season. He'll attempt to secure a second straight victory in a home matchup with a Pittsburgh team that's averaging 3.17 goals per game on the road this campaign, seventh in the NHL.
Vanecek registered 18 saves in a 1-0 win over the Islanders on Tuesday.
Vanecek didn't see a ton of action -- the Islanders generated just 15 shots on goal at even strength -- but handled everything he faced en route to his second shutout of the season. Vanecek had allowed a total of nine goals over his previous two starts, both losses, so it was good to see him get back on track against the Islanders. The 25-year-old improved to 18-9-3 with a 2.68 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Vanecek will defend the blue paint during Tuesday's home game versus the Islanders.
Vanecek was shaky in his last start April 18 against Boston, allowing five goals on just 27 shots en route to a 6-3 loss. The 25-year-old backstop will attempt to bounce back and earn his 18th win of the season in a home matchup with an Islanders club that's 10-11-2 on the road this campaign.
Vanecek gave up five goals on 27 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Bruins on Sunday.
Three Boston goals in the final 14 minutes of the second period were the difference in this one, turning a 3-2 Washington lead into a 5-3 deficit. Vanecek, who was yanked from his previous start, has yielded nine goals over his last two appearances with an ugly .813 save percentage in that time.
Vanecek will tend the road twine in Sunday's matchup against Boston, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old will return to the net after getting pulled in his last start against Buffalo on Thursday, when he surrendered four goals on 17 shots in the loss. Vanecek has been strong against Boston this season, going 3-2-0 along with a .912 save percentage and 2.79 GAA in five appearances. It will be a decent matchup for Vanecek, as the Bruins offense has been relatively quiet as of late, averaging 2.40 goals per contest in the last five games.
Vanecek allowed four goals on 21 shots and was pulled during the second period of Thursday's 5-2 loss to Buffalo.
Vanecek allowed three goals from the the faceoff dots or higher and was relieved by Craig Anderson after Anders Bjork made it a 4-2 lead 13:23 into the second period. Vanecek had been on a solid run prior to Thursday, having allowed just eight goals over his previous five starts. Creasemate Ilya Samsonov (upper body) is currently sidelined, so Vanecek could be right back between the pipes Saturday against the Flyers.
Vanecek will defend the home net in Thursday's game against the Sabres, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Vanecek has been excellent against the Sabres thus far, posting a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage behind a 5-0-1 record against Buffalo this season. The Czech netminder is a must-start in a favorable matchup and could be in line for an increased workload while Ilya Samsonov (upper body) remains out.
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|05/07||vs PHI||L 2-4||1||3||25||28|
|05/05||@ NYR||W 4-2||1||2||19||21|
|05/03||@ NYR||W 6-3||1||3||23||26|
|04/29||vs PIT||L 4-5 (OT)||1||5||30||35|
|04/27||vs NYI||W 1-0||1||0||18||18|
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