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Caps Today, 2/1/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals return home from their two-game Canadian road trip to face the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. Both the Capitals and Flyers will not take morning skates today.

The Capitals have gone 7-2-4 in their last 13 games against Philadelphia and have gone 6-2-4 over the last three seasons against Philadelphia. Six of the last eight matchups have been decided by one goal while five of those six games have required overtime or a shootout. Alex Ovechkin has registered 38 points (23g-15a) in 26 career games against the Flyers, including three goals in the series last season. The 38 points are the most against any Atlantic Division opponent in Ovechkin’s career.

Upcoming Media
Today, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.: Greg Wyshynski on Sports Saturday, ESPN 980 AM

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Host Flyers in Homestand Opener
Caps 365: Caps Postgame Locker Room 1/31/13 / Adam Oates Postgame 1/31/13 / Two-Man Advantage 1/31/13 / Jason Chimera: 1/31/13 / Jay Beagle: 1/31/13 / Adam Oates: 1/31/13 / Alex Ovechkin: 1/31/13 / Brooks Laich: 1/31/13

Dump 'n Chase: Johansson Back in Lineup, Laich Back on Ice / Postgame Notebook 1-31-13: Leafs 3, Caps 2

Capitals Voice: Chatting With Adam Oates in Toronto 

Capitals Overtime: Alex Ovechkin and Media / Caps practice

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Struggling Washington wilts in final period in 3-2 loss / Capitals Insider: Penalty epidemic costing Capitals / Capitals Insider: Brooks Laich takes part in morning skate in Toronto (updated) / Capitals Insider: Marcus Johansson back in the lineup against Maple Leafs / Capitals Insider: Michael Neuvirth brings 'stability' to struggling Caps / DC Sports Bog: Nicklas Backstrom garden gnome vs. Roger Berndina shark-a-rine

Washington Times: Capitals collapse, lose to Maple Leafs / Mike Knuble, at 40, happy to be back on ice with Flyers / Capitals notes: Brooks Laich with team; no timetable for return / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin’s game killed by penaltiesCapitals Watch: Capitals morning skate: Status quo on lines vs. Maple Leafs / Capitals Watch: Brooks Laich (groin injury) skates with Capitals in Toronto / Capitals Watch: Capitals make minor league trades / Capitals Watch: Michal Neuvirth gets fifth straight start in goal for Capitals

CSN Washington: Capitals Talk: Crabb looks to steal points from Leafs / Capitals Talk: Neuvirth sets sights on fifth straight start / Capitals Talk: Wolski, Caps ready for Toronto / Capitals Talk: Caps enjoying perks of new CBA / Capitas Talk: Caps acquire depth down the middle

NHL: Flyers and Capitals both look for turnaround / Leafs edge struggling Capitals 3-2
Associated Press: Flyers-Capitals Preview / Road keeps getting uglier for the Capitals with loss to Maple Leafs / Capitals acquire minor leagues

Canadian Press: Ovechkin, Capitals frustrated after Washington blows third-period lead again / Toronto Maple Leafs rally to down the Washington Capitals 3-2 for first home win / Capitals get F Casey Wellman, Panthers obtain C Zach Hamill in swap of minor-leaguers / Washington Capitals acquire 2 minor league forwards in a pair of trades

CBS DC: For The Caps 'It's Getting Late, Early'

ESPN: Ovechkin has want, now needs wins
Penn Live: Hershey Bears shuffle the deck as forwards Zach Hamill and Mathieu Beaudoin are traded in separate deals
Ted's Take: "Unnatural History: Vampires and Witches" / Building the Video Bank / Amazing: "Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda / The Netflix Culture Document

Russian Machine Never Breaks: Washington Capitals Discuss Cosmo Naming Mike Green the Hottest Player in NHL

Recent Transactions
Jan. 31 Acquired Casey Wellman from Florida in exchange for Zach Hamill
Jan. 31 Acquired Peter LeBlanc from Chicago in exchange for Mathieu Beaudoin



Phamiliar phoe – The Capitals and Flyers have matched up 191 times in their history, the third-most games against an opponent in Capitals history. The 72 wins that Washington has accumulated against Philadelphia are the sixth-most that the Capitals have against any opponent.

Class mates – Nicklas Backstrom (fourth overall) and Claude Giroux (22nd overall) were both drafted in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Backstrom has tallied a draft class-leading 371 points in his 372 career games, with 29 of those points (seven goals, 22 assists) coming in 18 career games against the Flyers, his highest point total against any non-Southeast Division team. Giroux’s 247 career points rank him fifth among all players drafted in 2006 and he has recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in 13 career games against Washington. 

Flying high – The Capitals goaltenders have combined for a 2-1-2 record in seven career games against the Flyers. Braden Holtby has compiled a 1-0-1 record with a 1.44 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in two games against the Flyers, including his first career NHL start on Nov. 7, 2010, at Verizon Center. Michal Neuvirth has compiled a 1-1-1 record with a 2.88 goals-against average in five career games against Philadelphia.

Back-to-backs – Tonight will mark the second half of back-to-backs for the Capitals. Washington fell 3-2 in overtime to New Jersey on the second night of back-to-backs earlier this season and, dating back to last season, has not lost in regulation in the second half of back-to-backs in the last five contests (3-0-2).

Ward heating up – Joel Ward scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season last night against Philadelphia, giving him four goals and two assists in his first seven games and four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games. Ward didn’t tally his fourth goal of the season last year until his 12th game of the campaign. In seven career games against the Flyers, Ward has collected two goals and two assists.