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Samsonov misses practice with lower-body injury

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Ilya Samsonov did not skate in Sunday's practice due to a lower-body injury. According to the team, he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Samsonov played the full game in Saturday's preseason contest against the Philadelphia Flyers, including all nine rounds of the optional shootout. It is unclear exactly when the injury may have occurred if it happened during the game. He appeared to get up slowly on the first attempt of the shootout by Cam Atkinson but played the remaining eight rounds seemingly without issue.

"I don't know if it was hurt because he finished the game and so, at this point in camp when guys have been on the ice for a while and something happens, I think you proceed with caution," Peter Laviolette said. "And that's where we're at right now. He was able to finish the game, it's not something that happened after the game when he got in there. Something just popped up for him and I think as we come in today we just reevaluate it."

Samsonov signed a one-year, $2 million contract in the offseason after an up-and-down 2021 that saw him get COVID-19, miss over a month of the season, go back on COVID protocols late in the regular season, then return to start the final three games of the Capitals' first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins. He recorded a .902 save percentage, 2.69 GAA and 13-4-1 record in the regular season.

Samsonov will have 10 days to recover before the start of the regular season as the Caps open at home on Oct. 13 against the New York Rangers. He will not play in Monday's preseason game against the New Jersey Devils which Laviolette said was the plan anyway with Vitek Vanecek expected to get the full game.

 

"We'll assess things tomorrow and see where he's at," Laviolette said.