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Caps Today, 2/7/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time in less than a week tonight, this time at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Comcast SportsNet will carry the game locally in the Washington, D.C., area while NHL Network US will televise the game to a national audience.  

The Capitals have gone 9-0-1 in Pittsburgh in their last 10 road games in the series. Washington has not lost a game in Pittsburgh in regulation since Feb. 18, 2007. Since 2008, the Capitals have gone 13-3-3 with two shootout losses against Pittsburgh.  Alex Ovechkin has registered 37 points (20g-17a) in 29 career games against the Penguins while Nicklas Backstrom has tallied 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) in 19 career games against Pittsburgh.

Upcoming Media
Today, 12:45 a.m.: Greg Wyshynski on The Sports Fix, ESPN 980 AM
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 Pittsburgh
Caps 365: Joel Ward 2/6/13 / Troy Brouwer 2/6/13 / Rinkside Update 2/6/13 / Adam Oates 2/6/13

Capitals Overtime: Caps leave the plane in Pittsburgh

Capitals Voice: Wednesday Locker Room Chat: Jay Beagle / Time for Take 5 with Eric Fehr

Washington Post: Capitals Insider: Jay Beagle: 'I don't know if we have to sacrifice a cow' / Washington Capitals seek positive to build on / Capitals Insider: Coach Adam Oates shuffles lines again / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Capitals searching for answers / DC Sports Bog: Last Thing: John Carlson has a lucky Valentine

Washington Times: Capitals' little mistakes add up to big problems through 10 games / Capitals notes: Adam Oates keeps shuffling lines / Capitals Watch: Jay beagle wants to sacrifice a cow to change Caps' fortunes / Capitals Watch: Capitals practice update: Bouncing back / Capitals Watch: Morning After Analysis: Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2 (again)

Washington Examiner: In a shortened season, bad start is a disaster for Capitals / Loose Pucks: Cows beware: Caps center Jay Beagle might need your help / Cheers and Jeers: Capitals' Jay Beagle, don't have a cow, man

CSN Washington: Old teammates, new rivals / Capitals Talk: Caps refuse to play blame game / Capitals Talk: Are Caps ready to 'sacrifice a cow?' / Capitals Talk: Frustration building in Capitals' locker room

NBC Washington: As Losses Pile Up, Capitals Continue To Search For Answers

NHL: Caps look for revenge vs. Penguins / Seven reasons the Capitals are struggling

Associated Press: Capitals-Penguins Preview
Ted's Take: Washington Mystics New Season Schedule Released / Leon Panetta at Georgetown University / Black History Month Films / Only 38 Games Left to Play / Still Missing Beal From Rotation / A New Local Hero / The Lurch in Valuations
Russian Machine Never Breaks: Is Adam Oates Too "Sophisticated and Confusing" for the Capitals?

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



Going streaking – Nicklas Backstrom added an assist on Tuesday and now has recorded at least one point in each of his last five games (1g-5a). His career high point streak is 10 games. Troy Brouwer’s assist on Tuesday extended his point streak to three games (1g-2a). He has recorded a career high four-game point streak four times in his career. 


Young returns – Marcus Johansson scored his first goal of the season on Feb. 5 vs. Toronto. Since breaking into the league in 2010, Johansson currently ranks tied for fifth in his 2009 draft class in points (74) and sits fifth in goals (28) as of Wednesday. Rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek collected his first NHL point, an assist, on Johansson’s goal. 


Spreading the wealth – 17 different skaters have tallied points for the Capitals this season while 12 players have scored goals for the Capitals through the first 10 games. Six of the nine Capitals defenseman to have appeared in games this season have tallied points this season.


Ribeiro on a roll – Mike Ribeiro scored a goal on Tuesday against Toronto, giving him 11 points this season. He leads Washington in assists and points and has recorded four multi-point games this season. He tallied 13 multi-point games last season. Including his two points Sunday, Ribeiro has recorded 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 19 career games against Pittsburgh.


Plenty of punch – Since the 2005-06 season, only 15 players have recorded a 100 point season. Four of those players are expected to suit up today with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby leading all players in that span with four 100-point seasons. Evgeni Malkin has accomplished the feat three times while Nicklas Backstrom has one 100-point campaign.