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GDT#32 Avalanche @ Capitals Tue Dec 12 7:00pm EST NBCSWA

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                   Dec. 11 vs. Colorado Avalanche at Capital One Arena
                 Time: 7:00 p.m.
                 TV: NBC Sports Washington
                 Radio: 106.7 The Fan, Capitals Radio 24/7
                 Colorado Avalanche    30-14-13-2  Last Game: Won 2-1 against Penguins
                 Washington Capitals   37-19-11-1  Last Game: Won Lost  3-1 against Islanders


                   8-Ovechkin         19-Bäckström       43-Wilson
                  13-Vrana             92-Kuznetsov        39-Chaisson
                  65-Burakovsky     20-Eller                10-Connolly
                  18-Stephenson    83-Beagle            25-Smith-Pelly

                             44-Orpik             74-Carlson
                              9-Orlov               2-Niskanen
                             29-Djoos            22-Bowey

                                     70-Holtby (starter ? ? ?)
                                     -- SCRATCH --
                                    -- INJURED --

                                  -- 1st Powerplay Unit --
                   10-Connolly         19-Bäckström     92-Kuznetsov
                             8-Ovechkin           74-Carlson
                                 -- 2nd Powerplay Unit --
                   39-Chaisson         20-Eller            13-Vrana
                             2-Niskanen            9-Orlov

                     Referees:  Brad Meier (#34)  Eric Furlatt (#27)   
                     Linesmen:  Brian Mach (#78),  Jonny Murray (#95)


The Caps drafted goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan is in Russia meeting with prospect Ilya Samsonov as part of a push to get the goaltender playing in North America next season, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Washington drafted Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft, and he’s widely considered one of the best goaltending prospects in the world. His contract with Magnitogorsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League expires after this season, so it makes sense that MacLellan would want to ramp up negotiations with Samsonov’s camp and get him signed to play in the Washington organization next season.
Because Samsonov, 20, is still under contract in the KHL, the Capitals cannot officially sign him until April 30, but a mutual agreement can be reached before then.

  [Capitals fall, 3-1, to Islanders as winning streak ends at four]

The Capitals could have an opening for Samsonov in their organizational goaltending rotation next season. Philipp Grubauer, Washington’s No. 2 netminder, will be a restricted free agent again after this season, and after two years impressing as Braden Holtby’s backup, he’s believed to be ready for more responsibility. With Holtby under contract through the 2019-20 season, the Capitals could look to trade Grubauer, either before the late February trading deadline or in the offseason.
In the American Hockey League, the Capitals have 21-year-old Vitek Vanecek and 25-year-old Pheonix Copley, who will be on a one-way deal next season, an indication the team plans to have him in Washington by that point.

I will be at the game, again. Hope to catch Puck for a pregame refreshment.


--- Quote from: altajava on December 12, 2017, 05:00:47 PM ---I will be at the game, again. Hope to catch Puck for a pregame refreshment.

--- End quote ---

Sweet! YOu Hockey God you.   ;D

Sadly I won’t be at the game.  Let’s hope for a good game tonight like we had against the Rangers.

I’m celebrating Sinatra’s BDay at The Club at the moment, but am heading home for the GDT


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