Connect with us

Capitals News

Capitals Bring Fucale Up To Taxi Squad, Assign Shepard To Hershey

Published

on

Capitals goaltender Zach Fucale

After bringing Ryan Shepard up to the taxi squad on Thursday morning, the Washington Capitals made another goaltending move, re-assigning Zach Fucale to the taxi squad and sending Shepard down to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Shepard had practiced with the Capitals on Thursday.

Fucale is the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut, doing so against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 11. He has played 10 games with the Bears this season, going 6-2-2 with a 2.73 GAA and .889 save percentage.

Not only did the 26-year-old put himself on the radar with a stellar first game in Washington, but last season, he led the AHL in GAA (1.80) and ranked second in SV% (.932).

READ MORE ON WHN: Backstrom, Oshie, Orlov Return To Practice

Shepard will head back to Hershey, where he has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.34 GAA and .901 SV% in three games this season. He also played in nine games for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, going 3-4-2 with a 3.43 GAA and .903 save percentage.

The Capitals now have another netminder available if Vitek Vanecek or Ilya Samsonov cannot play. Vanecek went on COVID-19 protocol on Dec. 24 but has been back at practice following the pause. He will come off protocol once he plays, which should be this weekend as the team embarks on a back-to-back road trip and plays St. Louis and Minnesota.

Given Washington’s tough go-of-it with injuries and COVID-19 this season, having a third goaltender is a good call. He will continue to skate with the taxi squad while Shepard heads to P.A. to help fill the void.

Welcome to your new home for Washington Capitals breaking news, analysis and opinion. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and don't forget to subscribe to WHN+ for all of our members-only content from Sammi Silber and the National Hockey Now network.
Click to comment
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Get WHN in Your Inbox

Enter your email address and receive notifications of new posts by email.

All the Capitals news that's fit to print

Sign up and get all of our stories sent directly to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.