Samsonov was promoted to starter for the Caps after the team decided not to extend Braden Holtby in the off-season. Samsonov’s absence leaves the team with unproven commodity Vitek Vanecek, who has spent the last six years in the AHL. Vanecek is 1-0-1 with a 90.2% save percentage and 2.97 goals-against average in his two NHL starts. Craig Anderson has been promoted off the taxi squad to replace Samsonov on the active roster.
The Capitals play five games in nine days starting tomorrow night, all of which are on home ice. Washington is +2300 on the Stanley Cup futures board at FanDuel Sportsbook.
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