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Caps Today, 1/27/13

January 27, 2013

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals return to Verizon Center to host the Buffalo Sabres in the first afternoon game of the season for Washington.

The Capitals have scored four of their eight goals this season in the third period and currently rank tied for 11th in the league in third-period scoring (as of Saturday). The Capitals have scored a third-period goal in three consecutive games and four different Capitals have tallied goals in the third period.

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Aim for First Win
Caps365: Adam Oates 1/26/13 / Alex Ovechkin 1/26/13 / Mike Green 1/26/13 / John Carlson 1/26/13 / Joel Ward 1/26/13 / John Erskine 1/26/13

Dump ‘n Chase: Back in the Saddle

Washington Post:  Washington Capitals’ penalties are proving to be a problem / Capitals Insider: One timers: Lackluster special teams, abundance of penalties troublesome for Caps

Washington Times: Capitals need Alex Ovechkin to score / Capitals Watch: Capitals vs. Sabres: Preview and news and notes / John Erskine makes season debut for Capitals / Capitals lines are same: Alex Ovechkin with Jay Beagle, Joey Crabb / Morning After Analysis: Devils 3, Capitals 2 (OT) 

Associated Press: Sabres-Capitals Preview

NHL: Capitals host Sabres still seeking first win

Ted’s Take: First Point Of Season In OT Loss / Nice Win / Kids, Money and Finance Park
Capitals Outsider: Congrats to Grubauer & Taffe on 2013 All Star Status

Recent Transactions
Jan. 21 Recalled Tomas Kundratek from Hershey


The tip of the sword – Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have combined for 47 points in 46 career games against the Sabres. Ovechkin has tallied 17 goals and 12 assists in 27 games, including three goals in 2011-12, while Backstrom has collected eight goals and 10 assists in 19 games against Buffalo.

Besting Buffalo – Joey Crabb and Jason Chimera have each posted nearly a point-per-game against Buffalo in their careers. Crabb has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 career games against the Sabres with seven of those points coming last season. Crabb has tallied more points against Buffalo than any other team in his career. Chimera has recorded 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 13 career games against the Sabres. 

A rich history – Roman Hamrlik has scored more points against Buffalo in his career than any other Capital, collecting 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 69 career contests against the Sabres. His 31 points mark the third-most points he has scored against any team in his NHL career. 

Early returns – Four players selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft are scheduled to suit up today. John Carlson (27th overall) has tallied 76 points (17 goals, 59 assists) in 190 career NHL games with Washington and currently ranks 13th in points in his draft class (as of Saturday). Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Myers (12th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all selected in the first round in 2008.

Afternoon games – The Capitals went 5-3-1 last season in games beginning before 6 p.m. and 3-2-0 at Verizon Center.