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Caps Today, 2/5/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals will face the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second time in less than a week tonight at Verizon Center.

Mike Ribeiro and Wojtek Wolski have combined to score 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 37 games against the Maple Leafs in their careers. Ribeiro has contributed 24 of those points in 28 career games vs. Toronto (his highest total against any Eastern Conference team) while Wolski has added nine points in nine games, including four assists in four games last season.

Upcoming Media
Today, 12:45 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Fix, ESPN 980 AM
Today, 3:30 p.m.: Greg Wyshynski on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Close Homestand with Leafs
Caps 365: Matt Hendricks 2/4/13 / Mike Ribeiro 2/4/13 / Rinkside Update 2/4/13 / Adam Oates 2/4/13

Dump 'n Chase: Kunitz Credited with Rare Four-Goal Game vs. Caps

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Tuesday, February 5 / Monday Locker Room Chat: Joel Ward Talks to the Media / Your Capitals Minute for Monday, February 4

Capitals Overtime: Sunset at Kettler IcePlex / Kundratek and Perreault signing autographs

Washington Post: For Washington Capitals, it's still early, but it's getting late / Capitals Insider: Caps hope remedying special-teams issues will lead to more wins / Capitals Insider: John Erskine on suspension: 'I don't think it was a reckless play' / Capitals Insider: Caps switch up lines again / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Oates sees positives in Caps' loss to Penguins 

Washington Times: Special teams killing Capitals early in season / Capitals notes: John Erskine objects to 'reckless' assessment / Capitals Watch: Joel Ward enjoys Ravens' Super Bowl victory / Capitals Watch: Why is Roman Hamrlik not playing for Capitals? / Capitals Watch: John Erskine: 'I don't think it was a reckless play' / Capitals Watch: Capitals practice update: Some minor line changes

Washington Examiner: Loose Pucks: Caps forward Alex Ovechkin better, but needs results. / Loose Pucks: Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun: Caps "were already a step behind." / Loose Pucks: Caps forward Alex Ovechkin better, but needs results. / Loose Pucks: Capitals defenseman John Erskine on his 3-game suspension

CSN Washington: Capitals Talk: Caps Joel Ward a Ravens "groupie fan" / Capitals Talk: Oates' 3 steps: respect, trust, instruction / Capitals Talk: Monday rewind: A closer look at Caps' loss to Pens

NBC Washington: Noticing Trend, Capitals Look to Clear Out Traffic in Front of Net / Capitals Continue to Suffer From Lack of Mental Toughness

Associated Press: Toronto at Washington / Penguins’ Kunitz given 4th goal in win over Caps

NHL: Maple Leafs aim to rebound against Capitals

The Globe and Mail: Rookie coach Adam Oates quickly building trust with players

Toronto Star: Adam Oates driven to succeed as an NHL coach
Ted's Take: Best and Worst of the Super Bowl Ads / "Scoreboard Doesn't Tell the Story" / "Letter to Bijou" / Beyonce Comes to Verizon Center - July 29 / Someone Didn't Like the Super Bowl

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



Ribeiro on a roll – Mike Ribeiro scored a goal and added an assist against Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving him 10 points this season. He leads Washington in assists and points and has recorded four multi-point games this season, ranking him tied for sixth in the league in multi-point performances (as of Monday). He tallied 13 multi-point games last season.

Ovechkin vs. Toronto – Alex Ovechkin has tallied 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists) in 28 career games against Toronto. In 14 of those 28 games Ovechkin has recorded two or more points. He has recorded at least one point in all but five of his career games against the Maple Leafs. His 43 points are the most in his career against any Northeast Division opponent.

Going Green – Mike Green has skated an average of 26:50 per game this season, ranking ninth in the league (as of Monday), and has led the Capitals in ice time in each of the team’s first nine games. He currently ranks tied for fifth among defensemen in the league in shots on goal (24).


Toronto trend – The Capitals are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games against Toronto, and have gone 5-0-1 in their last six home games against the Maple Leafs. 

Canadian club – The Capitals are 12-5-2 in their last 19 games versus teams from north of the border. Washington has outscored its Canadian opponents 53-41 and pitched four shutouts during that span.