The Washington Capitals face the Philadelphia Flyers in the second half of back-to-backs tonight at Wells Fargo Center.
Washington defeated Philadelphia 3-2 on Feb. 1 in the second leg of back-to-backs and fell 3-2 in overtime to New Jersey on the second night of back-to-backs earlier this season. Dating back to last season, Washington has not lost in regulation in the second half of back-to-backs in the last six contests (4-0-2).
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM
Friday, 8:25 a.m.: Brooks Laich on The Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM
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CSN Washington: Capitals make another strong statement / Joe B: This one’s a keeper / Caps dominate Canes in Semin’s return to DC / Realignment would put Caps in Atlantic / Caps recall Wellman from Hershey
NHL.com: Capitals hope to keep rolling against Flyers / Semin's return to Washington spoiled in 3-0 loss / As Ovi adjusts to new position, results begin to come / Five Questions: Alzner on coaching styles, Flyers fans
WNST: Frankovic: Have the Caps Put Themselves Back in the Playoff Race?
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Getting defensive – The Capitals have successfully killed 23 of their last 25 (92%) shorthanded situations and are now 7-1-0 when not allowing a power-play goal in a game. Washington has not allowed a first-period goal in its last four contests.
No Brotherly Love – The Capitals have gone 7-2-3 against Philadelphia in their last 12 matchups with seven of the last nine games being decided by one goal. Washington has a record of 4-0-3 in its last seven games in Philadelphia and has not lost in regulation on the road in the series since Dec. 20, 2008. Ovechkin has registered 38 points (23g-15a) in 27 career games against the Flyers, including three goals in the series last season. The 38 points are the second-most against any Atlantic Division opponent in Ovechkin’s career (Pittsburgh).
Holtby heating up – Braden Holtby started his seventh consecutive game last night and has gone 5-2 in those seven starts with two shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.
Making the most – Mike Ribeiro ranks second in the NHL in power-play points with 13 (five goals, eight assists) despite ranking 72nd in the league in average power-play ice time per game (3:42). Ribeiro leads all Capitals skaters in power-play points while ranking fifth in power-play ice time per game.
Powering up - The Capitals are 13-for-30 (43.3%) on the power play in their last 10 games, and they have scored a power-play goal in nine of those 10 contests. Washington ranked 18th in the league in power-play efficiency on Feb. 1 (17.9%), and with its current run now ranks second in the NHL (28.6%) in that category (as of Tuesday). Washington is 6-1-0 this season when it scores with the man advantage and does not allow a power-play goal in a game.