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.
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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.