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Caps Today, 1/24/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals continue their first homestand of the season with tonight’s matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight marks the second consecutive game the Capitals will face a Canadian team and Washington will face four teams from north of the border in its first seven contests. The Capitals are looking for their first win of the 2012-13 campaign while Montreal enters tonight’s game 1-1-0, having earned a 4-1 win over Florida on Tuesday. Last season the Capitals went a perfect 4-0-0 against the Canadiens, outscoring Montreal 7-3 in the two games at Verizon Center and shutting out the Habs in both contests in Montreal, 3-0.


ECHL All-Star Game

Last night Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves in the first period to help the ECHL all-stars defeat the Colorado Eagles, 7-3, in the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game.

Upcoming Media
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Look for First Win vs. Habs
Caps365: 01-23-13 Capitals Report / Adam Oates 1/23/13 / Matt Hendricks 1/23/13 / 1/23/13 Marcus Johansson / 1/23/13 Jason Chimera / Monumental Memories – Adam Oates

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Seeking Their True North

Washington Post: Washington Capitals defensemen struggle as team gets off to 0-2 start / Analysis: Washington Capitals can't forget fundamentals while learning new system / Capitals Insider: Michal Neuvirth ready to face Canadiens / Capitals Insider: Practice update: Capitals hold optional workout, Hillen skates /Capitals Insider: One timers: Caps fall 4-2 to Winnipeg / Capitals Insider: Matt Hendricks is one of the few bright spots in Caps home opener /  DC Sports Bog: The Caps' National Anthem duet / DC Sports Bog: MC Hammer at the Caps game

Washington Times: Capitals Watch: Calle Johansson: John Carlson struggling with focus / Capitals Watch: Capitals' Marcus Johansson: 'I didn't play good enough' / Capitals Watch: Michal Neuvrith to start for Capitals vs. Canadiens  / Neuvirth says he's 'ready to go' / After slow start, Capitals must play desperate but not panic / Capitals Watch: Optional practice for Capitals, no Brooks Laich / Capitals Watch: Morning After: Jets 4, Capitals 2

Washington Examiner: Neuvirth gets next shot in net for Capitals

CSN Washington: Canadiens-Capitals Preview / Oates: Neuvirth to start vs. Montreal / Is Oates contemplating lineup changes? / Johansson first to occupy Oates' doghouse / Capitals look, feel lost in first pair of appearances / Caps Chimera: ‘It’s not like we’re re-inventing the wheel Caps host Canadiens in search of first win
Washington Business Journal: Ted Leonsis launches new media startup

Washingtonian: DC Entrepreneur Ted Leonsis launches a new multi platform website
Ted’s Take: Utah Tonight / DC Love Fest / 50 Things Replaced By Modern Technology / Welcome to the Monumental Network
Capitals Outsider: Chimera Bobblehead Released

Recent Transactions
Jan. 21 Recalled Tomas Kundratek from Hershey


Shutting ‘em down – The Capitals have recorded three shutouts against Montreal in their last five games, using three different goaltenders in that span (Tomas Vokoun, Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby). Washington has allowed a combined eight goals in its last eight contests against the Canadiens.

Top Five Caps Facts

Matching Montreal – The Capitals are 13-2-2 vs. Montreal in their last 17 contests, and have won each of their last six matchups against the Canadiens. Washington is 7-1-1 in its last nine home games against Montreal. The Capitals have not lost in regulation to the Habs since Nov. 20, 2009 (3-2 loss at home). Washington has not been shut out by Montreal since Jan. 29, 2008 (4-0), and has blanked Montreal five times during that span. 

Canadian club – The Capitals owned a 13-6-2 record last season against teams from Canada and are 12-2-2 in their last 16 games versus teams from north of the border. Washington has outscored its Canadian opponents 48-31 and pitched four shutouts during that span.


French connection – Mike Ribeiro (born in Montreal) has collected six points (two goals, four assists) in four games against his former team. He played for Montreal for parts of six seasons, appearing in 276 games with the Canadiens. Mathieu Perreault (born in Drummondville, Quebec) has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in seven career games against Montreal, and scored three of those four goals last season.

Czech mate – This game will feature three of the top-11 active Czech-born point producers in the NHL. Roman Hamrlik ranks fifth among active Czech-born skaters in points (638) while Tomas Kaberle ranks sixth (560). Tomas Plekanec ranks 11th with 365 points.

Ovechkin and the Habs
– Alex Ovechkin has registered 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 27 career games against the Canadiens and has tallied at least one point in 18 of those 27 contests. Ovechkin has recorded at least one point in five of his last six games against Montreal and has fired at least one shot in all 27 matchups with the Canadiens.