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Caps Today, 2/21/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals return home to Verizon Center following a three-game road trip that saw the Capitals go 2-1-0.

The Capitals will host the Devils at Verizon Center in each of the teams’ next two games. The last time the Capitals played consecutive games, both at home, against the same opponent was April 5-7, 2006 vs. Carolina. The game before those two games (April 3) was also against the Hurricanes in Raleigh, and all three contests were decided by one goal (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).

Upcoming Media
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 8-9 a.m.: Mike Green on The Boxer Show, WMZQ 98.7 FM
Tomorrow, 9:20 a.m.: Mike Ribeiro on Elliot in the Morning, DC 101.1 FM
Tomorrow, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Open Homestand with Two vs. Devils
Caps365: Alex Ovechkin 2/20/13 / Wojtek Wolski 2/20/13 / Karl Alzner 2/20/13 / John Carlson 2/20/13 / Adam Oates 2/20/13

Dump ‘n Chase: Luck of the Draw

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Thursday, February 21 / Your Capitals Minute for Wednesday, February 20

Washington Post: Washington Capitals brace for absence of Mike Green / Capitals Insider: Capitals encouraged to try cut-resistant, Kevlar-reinforced socks / Capitals Insider: Greenberg: Alex Ovechkin isn’t washed up, contrary to what his critics say / Capitals Insider: Mike Green skates briefly during Capitals practice

Washington Times: Capitals miss Mike Green, but know he shouldn’t rush back from injury / Capitals Watch: Schedule quirk gives Capitals & Devils little taste of playoffs / Capitals Watch: After Erik Karlsson Achilles tear, Capitals encouraged to try Kevlar socks  

Washington Examiner: A Devil of a challenge for Capitals this week

CSN Washington: Next up for Caps: The Devils

NHL: Devils start two-game series in Washington

Associated Press: Preview: New Jersey at Washington
106.7 The Fan: Joel Ward

Ted’s Take: Bruno Mars Kicks Off World Tour In D.C. / And The Award For Best Oscars Apps Goes To: / Washington Mystics Make A Trade / “The American Astronaut” / 4-Foot-5 Prodigy – A Youtube Sensation / The Geography of Happiness / Not A Good Return To The Court / Hockey ‘N Heels Event

Injury Update

D Jack Hillen – day-to-day
D Mike Green – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Marcus Johansson – day-to-day



Busy Braden – Braden Holtby stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced on Sunday against the New York Rangers, the second-highest save total in a single game in Holtby’s career. Sunday marked Holtby’s fourth consecutive start, tying his career high for consecutive regular-season games started. Holtby started four straight contests from March 9-15, 2011.


400 for Ribeiro – Mike Ribeiro collected his 400th career NHL assist on Feb. 17 at New York, becoming the 34th active player to reach that mark. He leads Washington in assists and points and has recorded six multi-point games this season after recording 13 multi-point games last season. Ribeiro currently ranks sixth among his 1998 draft class in assists.


A devil of a time – The Capitals are 3-1-1 in their last five home games against New Jersey, having outscored the Devils 18-12 in that span. The 92 wins that the Capitals have in team history against New Jersey are their second-most wins against any franchise. Washington has earned more points against the Devils (209) in its franchise history than against any other NHL team.

Snipers – Alex Ovechkin (344) and Ilya Kovalchuk (303) rank first and second, respectively, in goals scored since the 2005-06 season. Ovechkin ranks first in that span in points (689) while Kovalchuk ranks sixth (595). All time among Russian-born skaters in the NHL, Kovalchuk ranks fifth in career points while Ovechkin ranks 12th. 


Putting on a show – John Carlson (who spent much of his childhood living in New Jersey) has collected eight points (two goals, six assists) in nine career games against the Devils. The eight career points (tied) and 14 career penalty minutes he has recorded against New Jersey are the most he has tallied against any NHL team.