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Caps Today, 3/2/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals conclude a brief two-game road trip today with a matinee contest against the Southeast Division-rival Winnipeg Jets.

The Capitals are12-7-2 in their last 21 contests against Winnipeg. Washington owns a .587 points percentage all-time against the Jets franchise, the fifth-highest against any team in Capitals history. The Capitals have allowed just 2.93 goals per game against Winnipeg in their history, the seventh-lowest amount against any franchise.


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Look to Cool Jets in Winnipeg

Dump ‘n Chase: The Big Deal That Brought Oates to DC
Monumental Network: Eric Fehr 3/1/13 / Matt Hendricks 3/1/13 / Troy Brouwer 3/1/13 / Adam Oates 3/1/13 / Rinkside Update 3/1/13 / Monumental Today 3/1/13

Capitals Voice: It’s The “Good Morning, Good Afternoon, And Good Night” Text-To-Win Contest, From WTOP And The Caps

Washington Post: For last-place Capitals, month of March is ripe with opportunity

Washington Times: With Jets looming, Capitals determined to forget Flyers debacle / Capitals Watch: Eric Fehr eager to show Jets what they’re missing / Capitals Watch: Matt Hendricks joins Alex Ovechkin on Capitals’ top line

CSN Washington: Caps, Fehr ready for Winnipeg / Help Wanted: Top-line left wing for Capitals / Oates: ‘I want to be a relentless team’

NHL: Capitals try to rebound against Jets
Ted’s Take: Genius Post Here / Four From A Great Director This Weekend – For Free / Martell Webster / Daunting But Doable / Pleased So Far With Mystics Off-Season / Grace and Class / My Honor to Serve and to Help

Sick, Unbelievable: Out and About Around Arlington, February’s Best

Recent Transactions
Feb. 28 Claimed Aaron Volpatti off of Waivers from Vancouver
Feb. 28 Assigned Philipp Grubauer and Casey Wellman to Hershey
Feb. 27 Recalled Philipp Grubauer from Hershey
Feb. 26 Recalled Casey Wellman from Hershey

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



Let’s be Fehr – Capitals forward Eric Fehr returns to Winnipeg for the first time since playing for the Jets in 2011-12. Fehr, a native of Winkler, Manitoba, played 35 games for Winnipeg last season and his four goals, three assists and seven points this season have all surpassed his totals from 2011-12. All seven of Fehr’s points were tallied in the month of February, tied for the fifth-most points by a Capital last month.    


Ready to Jet – Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals with six points (four goals, two assists) in six games against Winnipeg last season and has recorded 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists) in 49 career games against the Winnipeg franchise, his highest total against any NHL team.


Stake a claim – The Washington Capitals claimed left wing Aaron Volpatti off of waivers on Feb. 28 from Vancouver. Volpatti is the first player claimed off of waivers by Washington since Marco Sturm was claimed from Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2011. The Capitals’ last waiver claim from Vancouver occurred on Oct. 4, 2005, when they claimed goaltender Brent Johnson from the Canucks. Johnson spent the next four seasons with the Capitals.


Early success – Joel Ward scored Washington’s lone goal on Feb. 27 at Philadelphia, his sixth goal of the season, in his 19th game played in 2012-13. Ward scored six goals total in 2011-12 in 73 games played and is just five points shy of tying his point output from last season. Ward currently leads the Capitals with a plus-nine rating and ranks tied for 22nd in the league in plus/minus. 


Making the most – Mike Ribeiro ranks second in the NHL in power-play points with 13 (five goals, eight assists) despite ranking tied for 74th in the league in average power-play ice time per game (3:37). Ribeiro leads all Capitals skaters in power-play points while ranking fifth in power-play ice time per game.