Zach Fucale is back up from the Hershey Bears as the Washington Capitals sort through issues between the pipes.
Washington recalled Fucale on Thursday, and he will likely back up for Vitek Vanecek against the Carolina Hurricanes. The move comes after Ilya Samsonov suffered an apparent upper-body injury during practice on Wednesday. He took a shot up ice and appeared to be in a lot of discomfort before leaving the ice clutching his chest/shoulder area.
It is unclear what the severity of Samsonov’s injury is.
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Fucale has played in 20 games with Hershey this season, going 8-8-4 with a .884 save percentage and 2.85 GAA. In three games up in the NHL, Fucale is 1-1-1 with a .924 SV%, 1.75 GAA and one shutout. He became the first netminder in Capitals history to record a shutout in his NHL debut when he stopped all 21 shots he faced on Nov. 11 against the Detroit Red Wings.
Meanwhile, Washington continues to deal with a couple more injuries upfront. Carl Hagelin underwent surgery for a “serious” eye injury on Tuesday after taking a stick up high at practice, and he will be out for an extended period of time. Joe Snively is week-to-week with a lingering upper-body injury.