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August 23, 2020 03:12 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Should be ready for next season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov (undisclosed) will be evaluated in early September, and general manager Brian MacLellan said he "should be ready for camp," Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

Samsonov suffered an undisclosed injury during the pause and has been getting treatment for over six weeks. The Capitals will re-evaluate the 23-year-old goaltender at the eight-week mark, which lands sometime in early September. The timeline for the 2020-21 season is still up in the air, but Samsonov is slated to be the No. 1 goalie if Braden Holtby isn't re-signed.

July 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Won't travel to Toronto
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov suffered an undisclosed injury prior to training camp and won't be available for the playoffs, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

Although Braden Holtby was always expected to be the Capitals' starter heading into the postseason, this is still a major loss for Washington, as the team will no longer have a high-end backup to turn to should Holtby falter. Samsonov will finish the campaign having compiled a 16-6-2 record while posting a 2.55 GAA and .913 save percentage in 26 appearances. The 23-year-old Russian will likely be taking over as Washington's No. 1 netminder in 2020-21, as all signs currently point to Holtby leaving in free agency.

July 20, 2020 10:52 AM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov (undisclosed) will not participate in Monday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

Samsonov has plenty of time to get back on the ice but is the sole remaining member of Washington's roster yet to take part in any Phase 3 practice session. There is no reason to believe the 23-year-old netminder's availability for round robin play is in question, but keep circling back for further updates.

July 14, 2020 01:12 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Absent from practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov (undisclosed) missed a second straight practice Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of reports.

Washington's unable to release any details regarding the reasoning behind Samsonov's absence due to the NHL's new injury update policy, but with over two weeks to go until round robin play gets underway, at this point there's no reason to suspect the 23-year-old netminder is in any danger of missing game action.

March 5, 2020 11:48 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Victimized by Zibanejad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov allowed six goals on 39 shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers.

Samsonov was on the receiving end of a historic scoring performance by Mika Zibanejad, who scored five of the Rangers' six goals, including the overtime winner. The Russian netminder was able to earn his team a point in the standings, though most of the credit for that should go to Alex Ovechkin, who tied the game in the final minute. Samsonov is winless in his last five decisions (0-4-1) following a 16-2-1 start to his NHL career.

March 3, 2020 12:48 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Starting Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov will patrol the crease during Thursday's road game versus the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of reports.

Samsonov was sharp in his last start Thursday against the Jets, turning away 29 of the 31 shots he faced, but he ultimately suffered his seventh loss of the season due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The 23-year-old backstop will attempt to snap his four-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Rangers team that's gone 17-14-2 at home this year.

February 27, 2020 11:12 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Losing skid continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov stopped 29 of 31 shots in Thursday's 3-0 loss to Winnipeg.

Samsonov was beaten cleanly on a first-period point shot by Dimitry Kulikov, which Samsonov appeared to see, and on a third-period wrister from the slot by Kyle Connor on which he had little chance. Those two goals, plus a late empty-netter, were enough to hand Samsonov his fourth straight loss. The rookie has cooled off quite a bit in February and has ceded considerable playing time to veteran Braden Holtby of late.

February 27, 2020 12:08 AM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Tending twine Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov will get the road start against the Jets on Thursday, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

A run of inconsistent play and an injury have bumped Samsonov from the No. 1 role, as Braden Holtby has made six of the last seven starts. The Capitals will need both netminders to be ready for a playoff push, though, so expect a 1A-1B tandem down the stretch if both are meeting expectations in net. Samsonov will catch a slumping Jets team Thursday, as Winnipeg has lost three straight games.

February 22, 2020 05:00 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Downed by Devils
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov made 26 saves in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Devils.

The 23-year-old had little chance on any of the three goals, but Samsonov still remains winless in February, going 0-3-0 in four outings with a 4.55 GAA and .855 save percentage. Look for Braden Holtby to get the nod Sunday against the Penguins.

February 21, 2020 01:16 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Starting in New Jersey
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road clash with the Devils, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Samsonov was awful in his last appearance Feb. 10 against the Islanders, surrendering five goals on 20 shots before being replaced by Braden Holtby in the second period of the eventual 5-3 loss. He'll try to bounce back in a road matchup with a New Jersey squad that's 11-10-10 at home this year.

February 10, 2020 11:04 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Chased from home start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov gave up five goals on 20 shots and was pulled midway through the second period of Monday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

Samsonov didn't receive much help at either end of the ice and left the game trailing 5-1. The 22-year-old has allowed nine goals over his last two starts, both losses. Despite the recent bump in the road, Samsonov still owns a 16-4-1 record with a 2.38 GAA and .917 save percentage as a rookie.

February 10, 2020 03:48 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Designated starter Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov is expected to get the home start for Monday's game versus the Islanders.

Samsonov sustained a head injury last week, so Braden Holtby managed the last two starts. However, Samsonov will return to the crease with the team seeking a divisional win. The 22-year-old netminder has been phenomenal this season, as he's recorded a 16-3-1 record with a .923 save percentage, while the Islanders rank 23rd with 2.50 goals per road contest.

February 5, 2020 01:16 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Clears protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov (head) cleared the concussion protocol and returned to practice Wednesday, NBC Sports Washington reports.

Even with Samsonov returning to practice, coach Todd Reirden could decide to keep him out of the crease versus the Flyers on Saturday. Considering the young netminder appeared in five of the Caps' previous eight contests, it's unlikely he will have to wait long to get his next start.

February 4, 2020 05:48 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Won't suit up Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov (head) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Kings, Harvey Valentine of reports.

Samsonov exited morning skate after Alex Ovechkin's shot found him up high. The team is exercising caution, and Samsonov will go through concussion protocol. Vitek Vanecek was recalled from AHL Hershey to serve as Braden Holtby's backup.

February 4, 2020 11:52 AM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Exits practice as precaution
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov (head) was removed from Tuesday's morning skate as a precaution, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Samsonov was removed from morning skate after taking an Alex Ovechkin shot up high. The 22-year-old backstop is expected to be okay, but he'll still need to go through the NHL's concussion protocol before being cleared for game action. If he's unable to suit up against L.A. on Tuesday, Vitek Vanecek will back up Braden Holtby against the Kings.

February 2, 2020 03:40 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Takes first loss since Christmas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov allowed four goals on 33 shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins.

Samsonov had his seven-game winning streak come to an end while allowing more than three goals for the first time since Nov. 15. He'll look to get back into the win column as early as Tuesday against Los Angeles. Samsonov is 16-3-1 in 21 appearances with a 2.12 GAA and .925 save percentage.

February 1, 2020 02:04 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Pegged for Sunday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov will defend the home net Sunday versus the Penguins, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Samsonov has won seven straight games while recording a .947 save percentage and 1.57 GAA, and it looks like he's taken over the starting job from Braden Holtby with another spot start on tap. He'll need to keep it up to retain the role, but it's tough to sit a goalie that has a 16-2-1 record in his rookie campaign. The rival Penguins enter this contest with 3.17 goals per road game this year -- eighth in the league.

February 1, 2020 11:08 AM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Wins seventh straight appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov allowed three goals on 28 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Senators on Friday.

The rookie posted a save percentage below .900 for the first time since Dec. 23, but he still won thanks to his offense. Samsonov last suffered a defeat Nov. 15. Even with him splitting the net, that's an incredibly long time for a rookie to go without a loss. He is 16-2-1 with a 2.12 GAA and .925 save percentage in 20 games this season.

January 28, 2020 02:28 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Slated to start Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Todd Reirden is planning on giving Samsonov the start in goal for Friday's road game versus the Senators, Tom Gulitti of reports.

That plan could change if Samsonov is forced into action Wednesday against Nashville, but for now it's safe to assume he'll be in goal against Ottawa. The 22-year-old Russian has been exceptional over the past month, stringing together six straight wins while posting a highly impressive 1.30 GAA and .956 save percentage. He'll look to keep rolling in a road matchup with a Senators team that's gone 1-1-3 in its last five games.

January 18, 2020 09:04 PM
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Picks up win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Samsonov stopped all seven shots he faced and picked up the win after replacing Braden Holtby to begin the third period of Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Islanders.

The Caps were down 4-1 when they made the switch in the crease, and the move paid off after their offense came to life. Samsonov is now 10-0-0 since Nov. 30, and his 2.06 GAA and .927 save percentage on the season have him putting significant pressure on Holtby for the starting job in DC.

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