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Caps Today, 1/29/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals begin a two-game Canadian road trip tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

Washington went 3-1-0 last season against Ottawa and, dating back to 2006, is 16-6-3 against the Senators. Over the last two seasons, the Caps are 6-2-0 against Ottawa.

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

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Take to the Road in Ottawa
Caps365: Nicklas Backstrom 1/28/13 / Troy Brouwer 1/28/13 / Karl Alzner 1/28/13 / Jason Chimera 1/28/13 / Adam Oates 1/28/13

Dump 'n Chase: The Devils Are in the Details

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Capitals Overtime: Caps land in Ottawa / Caps at Practice  

Washington Post: Michal Neuvirth establishes himself in net for Washington Capitals / Capitals Insider: Oates explains why he likes Ovechkin skating with Beagle and Crabb / Capitals Insider: Caps adding throwback jersey for seven road games / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin back on a line with Jay beagle and Joey Crabb in practice / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Have the Capitals found line combinations that might stick? / Capitals Insider: John Erskine records first goal since 2011

Washington Times: Michal Neuvirth's quiet confidence paying off for Caps / Capitals notes: Alex Ovechkin figures to stick with grinders Beagle, Crabb / Capitals Watch: Michal Neuvirth a no-brainer to start for Caps at Senators / Capitals Watch: Caps practice update: Back to Ovechkin-Beagle-Crabb / Capitals Watch: Morning After Analysis: Capitals 3, Sabres 2

Washington Examiner: Mike Green returns to form for Capitals / Cheers and Jeers: Capitals go with Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb on top line

CSN Washington: Looking ahead at the Caps' next four opponents / Laich joins Capitals in Ottawa / Neuvirth not settling for backup role / Oates likes Ovechkin with grinders  

Associated Press: Capitals-Senators Preview Capitals Finally Taste Victory In 3-2 Win

NHL: Capitals hope to keep momentum going against Senators

Sports Illustrated: Capitals' coach Adam Oates playing risky game with Alexander Ovechkin

WBOC-TV 16: Capitals to Wear Third Jersey for Seven Road Dates in 2012-13

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Washington Capitals Joel Ward A Huge Baltimore Ravens Fan
WTTG-TV Fox 5: On Monumental Network
Ted's Take: Another List / The Strokes - "One Way Trigger" / The Ten Craziest Drummers Ever / A Perfect Weekend at Home / A Good Weekend of Basketball at Verizon Center

Recent Transactions
Jan. 21 Recalled Tomas Kundratek from Hershey


Success against the Senators – Alex Ovechkin has recorded 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) in 26 career games against Ottawa. He has recorded at least one point in 20 of his 26 games against Ottawa and has eight multiple-point games against the Senators.

Sealing the deal – Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal on Jan. 27 against Buffalo, his 56th career game-winning tally. Ovechkin currently ranks second all-time in Capitals history in game-winning goals, trailing only Peter Bondra (73) and ranks tied for 17th among all active NHL players in game-winners (as of Monday).

Not against Neuvirth – Michal Neuvirth owns a career record of 4-0-0 with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage in five career games against the Senators. He has played more games (31) and earned more wins (17) in his career against teams from the Northeast Division than any other division. Neuvirth went 1-0-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average against Ottawa last season. 

Going Green – Mike Green has skated an average of 27:52 per game this season, ranking third in the league, and has led the Capitals in ice time in each of the team’s first five games. Green’s 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 22 career games against the Senators are his third-most points against any team in his career and his plus-10 rating against Ottawa ranks as his second-highest total against any other team.


How Swede it is – Tonight’s game will feature three of the leading Swedish-born scorers in the NHL. Since Nicklas Backstrom’s rookie season (2007-08), he ranks fourth in scoring (369 points) among Swedish players while Daniel Alfredsson ranks fifth in that span (327). Daniel Alfredsson leads all active Swedish players in career points (1,085) while Nicklas Backstrom ranks fifth (369). Backstrom has recorded four, 60-point seasons since 2007-08, ranking him tied for fourth among Swedish-born players, while Alfredsson ranks sixth (three seasons) and Erik Karlsson ranks tied for ninth (one season).