Washington Capitals News

Copley will start in Montreal on Monday.

Copley allowed two goals on 26 shots in the Capitals win in Colorado on Friday. Even with Braden Holtby (upper-body) healthy, Copley will make his fourth straight start tonight. The 26-year-old has been excellent in his last five starts, going 4-1-0 with a 2.17 GAA and .921 SV%. Tonight he faces a Canadiens team that has won three of their last four.

Source: Isabelle Khurshudyan 11/19/18, 11:08 am EST

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The Capitals have assigned Ilya Samsonov to Hershey (AHL).

Samsonov came up to serve as Pheonix Copley’s backup while Braden Holtby (upper-body) was sidelined. Holtby said he was good-to-go after Sunday’s practice, so Samsonov’s return to the AHL suggests that Holtby is in fact good to at least serve as tonight’s backup, if not start.

Source: Isabelle Khurshudyan 11/19/18, 10:09 am EST

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Copley will start Friday in Colorado.

Copley allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Capitals loss in Winnipeg on Wednesday. The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for Copley, who has a 2.76 GAA and .905 SV% in six games this season. With Braden Holtby out with an upper-body injury, Copley will make his third start in four nights.

Source: JJ Regan 11/16/18, 3:10 pm EST

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Oshie is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Oshie was forced to leave Monday’s game in Winnipeg after a heavy collision in the corner with Jets’ defenseman Josh Morrissey. Oshie’s head was driven to the ice after the hit and he came up a bit woozy. Oshie has four reported concussions in his career, so the Capitals will be very cautious with the winger. Oshie is questionable at the very least for Friday’s game in Colorado.

Source: Isabelle Khurshudyan 11/15/18, 10:08 am EST

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Kuznetsov is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Kuznetsov was forced to leave Wednesday’s game in Winnipeg after being clipped in the head by a Brandon Tanev elbow in the first period. Kuznetsov originally stayed in the game for the ensuing power-play, but left the game and did not return shortly after. If Kuznetsov suffered a concussion, it would all but rule him out of Friday’s game in Colorado.

Source: Isabelle Khurshudyan 11/15/18, 10:06 am EST

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Holtby will start Wednesday in Winnipeg.

Holtby allowed three goals on 21 shots in the Capitals loss to the Coyotes on Sunday. In his last six starts, Holtby has gone 1-4-1 with a 3.01 GAA and .914 SV% in his last six starts. Holtby has been great at even-strength (.923 SV%) but has struggled short-handed (.705 SV%), but that should correct itself as the season progresses.

Source: Rob Carlin 11/14/18, 9:49 am EST

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