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Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 1/19

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals will open the 2012-13 regular-season schedule tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals earned their fifth-consecutive playoff berth last season, finishing the regular season with a record of 42-32-8 (92 points). Washington went on to eliminate the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in seven games before falling to the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last season the Capitals went 3-2-1 against Tampa Bay, earning all three victories at Verizon Center. Three of the six contests required overtime to be decided with one of those three going to a shootout.

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Open Campaign vs. Bolts in Tampa
Caps 365: 01-18-13 Rinkside Update / 01-18-13 Adam Oates /Coaches’ Corner with Tim Hunter
Dumps ‘n Chase: Poti Makes The Roster
Capitals Overtime: Landing in Tampa / Getting on the plane / John Carlson / Joey Crabb and Mathieu Perreault / Troy Brouwer
Washington Post: Washington Capitals power play receives tweaks from new Coach Adam Oates / Capitals Insider: Leonsis: Lockout didn’t damage relationship with Capitals players / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin on playing penalty kill: ‘I’m gonna do my best’ /Capitals Insider: Tom Poti could return in Caps season opener Saturday / Wise: Washington Capitals season comes down to whether Alex Ovechkin can be the man, down / DC Sports Blog: Morning Pixels: Verizon Center ranked as a good stadium experience / DC Sports Blog: Troy Brouwer does Gangnam Style on skates
Washington Times: Capitals Watch: Capitals set opening night roster / Capitals Watch: NHL captains for 2013 season / What new CBA does for Capitals / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin willing to learn penalty killing / Capitals Watch: Braden Holtby goes into season as Capitals’ No. 1 goalie / Capitals Watch: New ice condition regulations are part of NHL CBA
Washington Examiner: Finally, Capitals ready for season opener at Tampa Bay
CSN Washington: Ted Leonsis: ‘Our fans will come back’ /  Ted Leonsis: ‘Alex Ovechkin is psyched right now’ / Capitals-Lightning Preview / Poti makes final cut for Capitals
NHL: Game Preview: Oates debuts as Capitals coach against Lightning
Associated Press: Capitals-Lightning Preview / Tom Poti returns to Capitals
CBS DC: Caps Turn to Older, More Reliable Ribeiro to Replace Semin
Caps 365: 01-18-13 Rinkside Update / 01-18-13 Adam Oates /Coaches’ Corner with Tim Hunter
Ted’s Take: Smart and Crisp on the Power Play / Capital Games /Great Night, Great Week / Wait – What? / Fun Video of Caps Event Last Night / Thank You Caps Fans  / SnagFilms Raises $6 Million in Additional VC Funding for Growth

Recent Transactions
Jan. 18 Recalled Tom Poti from Hershey
Jan. 16 Assigned Tom Wilson to Plymouth (OHL)
Jan. 15 Assigned Cameron Schilling to Hershey
Jan. 13 Signed Eric Fehr
Jan. 13 Loaned Tom Poti to Hershey on conditioning assignment
Jan. 12 Recalled Braden Holtby from Hershey
Jan. 12 Recalled Cameron Schilling from Hershey
Jan. 12 Recalled Tom Wilson from Plymouth (OHL)


A new start – For the first time since the 2002-03 season and just the fourth time in franchise history (1978-79, 1997-98 and 2002-03), the Capitals will open a season with a new head coach. Adam Oates is poised to make his NHL head coaching debut tonight in Tampa Bay after becoming the 16th head coach in franchise history this off-season. Washington is 3-0-0-0 in season openers with a new head coach, winning two of those three contests on the road.

Top Five Caps Facts

Familiar faces – Adam Oates played in 387 games with Washington and becomes the fourth head coach to have also played for the Capitals during his career. Dale Hunter appeared in 872 games for the Capitals from 1987-99. Roger Crozier, head coach for one game during the 1981-82 season, played in three games for the Caps in 1976-77 while Terry Murray, head coach for 325 games from 1990-1994, appeared in 74 games with Washington during the 1981-82 season.

Kicking things off – The Washington Capitals will be opening their NHL regular-season schedule on the road for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when they dropped a 4-2 contest in Atlanta. Washington is 18-17-2 in season openers all-time and 7-3-0 in its last 10 season openers.

New kids on the block – Several players are scheduled to make their Capitals debut this season. The next game played for Mike Ribeiro, Joey Crabb, Wojtek Wolski and Jack Hillen will mark their first as a Washington Capital.

Back in D.C. – Both Capitals assistant coaches are returning to the franchise after previous stints in Washington. Calle Johansson was a defenseman for the Capitals and holds the record for the most games played as a Capital, appearing in 983 games from 1989-2003. Tim Hunter is back for his second stint as an assistant coach in D.C. Hunter has coached 1,041 games in an assistant role during his 13-season NHL coaching career, including five years behind the Washington bench (1997-2002).

Fireworks – Only four players have recorded multiple 50-goal seasons since 2005-06. Alex Ovechkin has collected four 50-goal seasons during that time period while Steven Stamkos has two. Ovechkin has registered 62 points (28 goals, 34 assists) in 47 career games against Tampa Bay while Stamkos has recorded 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) in 24 career games against Washington.

Saturday, Jan. 19
11:30 a.m.: Morning skate, Tampa Bay Times Forum
7 p.m.: at Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Times Forum
TV: CSN | WJFK 106.7 FM and the Caps Radio Network

Next Three Days
Sunday, Jan. 20
Day off

Monday, Jan. 21
10:30 a.m.: Practice, Kettler Capitals Iceplex

Tuesday, Jan. 22
10 a.m.: Morning skate, Kettler Capitals Iceplex
7 p.m.: vs. Winnipeg Jets, Verizon Center
TV: CSN | WJFK 106.7 FM and the Caps Radio Network

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