Capitals get first game against Martin St. Louis-led Montreal Canadiens: ‘You don’t know what’s going to happen’
Ilya Samsonov will start for the Capitals in goal tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette announced the news after the team’s morning skate at Bell Centre.
The start will mark Samsonov’s sixth in 16 opportunities since the start of the new year. He replaced Pheonix Copley in net Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after the North Pole, Alaska native gave up four goals on 19 shots.
The Capitals enter Thursday’s game against the Habs without their captain Alex Ovechkin (Canadian COVID protocol). They will also be playing a head coach in their first game with their new team for the third time this season.
Wednesday, Montreal fired Dominique Ducharme and hired Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis as their interim head coach.