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Holtby will start Saturday against the Islanders.

Holtby allowed four goals on 21 shots in the Capitals 5-1 loss to the Devils last Saturday. Holtby has lost five of his last six starts (1-5-0) with a 4.34 GAA and .832 SV%. This afternoon he faces the Islanders for the second time this season--he allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 4-3 loss in the first meeting (Dec.31).

Source: Tom Gulitti 01/18/20, 11:41 am EST

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Samsonov will start Thursday vs. the Devils.

Samsonov stopped all 23 shots that he faced in the Capitals shutout win over the Hurricanes on Monday. Samsonov has won four in a row with a 1.24 GAA .958 SV% and one shutout and now leads the NHL with a 2.11 GAA and is seventh in with a .925 SV%. In his first game against New Jersey, he stopped 24 of 27 shots in a 6-3 win in a 6-3 win in his first game against them this season.

Source: Tarik El-Bashir 01/16/20, 6:20 pm EST

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The Capitals have signed Nicklas Backstrom to a five-year extension worth $46.0 million ($9.2M AAV).

Backstrom is in the final year of the 10-year deal that carried a $6.7M AAV cap-hit and gets an extension that carries him through the 2025 season. He is now the 22nd highest-paid player in the NHL heading into 2021. He has nine goals and 26 assists (35 points) in 39 games, putting him on-pace for 17 goals and 49 assists (66 points).

Source: JJ Regan 01/14/20, 11:29 am EST

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Samonsov will start Monday vs. the Hurricanes.

Samsonov stopped 26 of 27 shots in the Capitals win over the Senators last Tuesday. Braden Holtby started the last two games but they'll come back to Samsonov tonight vs. the Hurricanes. He has won three straight while posing a 1.64 GAA and .948 SV% since Christmas, with one of those wins being a 38-save performance in a 4-3 win in Carolina on January 3rd.

Source: @Capitals 01/13/20, 12:51 pm EST

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Holtby will start Saturday vs. the Devils.

Holtby surrendered three goals on 27 shots in the Capitals 3-2 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Holtby has lost four of his last five starts (1-4-0) while posting a 4.42 GAA and .836 SV%. Despite being in the middle of a tough stretch, he has a good matchup with the Devils in town. They've lost three straight and will be without Mackenzie Blackwood and Jack Hughes on Saturday.

Source: JJ Regan 01/11/20, 4:44 pm EST

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Holtby will start Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Holtby allowed three goals on 28 shots in Washington's win over the Sharks on Sunday. Holtby has allowed at least three goals in four straight games, going 1-3-0 while allowing a combined 16 goals on 89 shots (.820 SV%). Tonight he faces a Flyers team that struggled on their six-game road-trip but have gone 7-1-0 while scoring 4.25 goals per game in their last eight home games.

Source: Tarik El-Bashir 01/8/20, 12:38 pm EST

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Samsonov will start Tuesday vs. the Senators.

Samsonov allowed three goals on 41 shots in the Capitals 4-3 win in Carolina last Friday. It was another terrific outing for Samsonov, who has gone 6-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .927 SV% in his last seven outings (six starts). He's been solid on home-ice, going 3-2-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .918 SV% and is a must-start vs. a Senators team that has lost nine of their last 10 road games while scoring 2.10 goals per game.

Source: Tarik El-Bashir 01/7/20, 11:12 am EST

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Samsonov is expected to start Tuesday vs. the Senators.

Samsonov allowed three goals on 41 shots in the Capitals 4-3 win in Carolina last Friday. It was another terrific outing for Samsonov, who has gone 6-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .927 SV% in his last seven outings (six starts). He's been solid on home-ice, going 3-2-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .918 SV% and is a must-start vs. a Senators team that has lost nine of their last 10 road games while scoring 2.10 goals per game.

Source: Samantha Pell 01/7/20, 10:54 am EST

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Samsonov will start Friday in Carolina.

Samsonov allowed one goal on 28 shots in the Capitals win over the Blue Jackets last Friday. The Capitals continue to ride Holtby even though Samsonov has been the better netminder as of late. He was 4-0-0 with a 1.71 GAA and .927 SV% in December and is 10-2-1 with a 2.28 GAA and .918 SV% overall on the year.

Source: JJ Regan 01/3/20, 1:30 pm EST

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Holtby will start Tuesday afternoon vs. the Islanders.

Holtby allowed five goals on 28 shots in the Capitals 6-4 loss in Carolina on Saturday. Holtby has struggled mightily in his last two outings, allowing a combined nine goals on just 39 shots (.769 SV%). This afternoon he faces the Islanders for the first time this season. He is 8-1-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .918 SV% on home-ice.

Source: Samantha Pell 12/31/19, 11:13 am EST

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Kempny (illness) was a full participant in Monday's practice; likely to play on Tuesday.

Kempny missed the last two games with an illness but was back on the third-pair with Radko Gudas on Monday. With Christian Djoos battling an upper-body injury, Kempny is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow vs. the Islanders. Kempny has three goals and 10 assists (13 points) in 30 games this season.

Source: Samantha Pell 12/30/19, 11:00 am EST

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Wilson (lower-body) was a full participant in Monday's practice; likely to play on Tuesday.

Wilson was a late-scratch in Carolina on Saturday but was back on the top line in Monday's practice and should play against the Islanders on Tuesday. Wilson has been stuffing categories lately, posting six points (1G / 5A) with 10 shots and 32 PIMS in his last seven games.

Source: Samantha Pell 12/30/19, 10:56 am EST

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