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Caps Today, 3/7/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals conclude a brief two-game homestand tonight against the Southeast Division-rival Florida Panthers at Verizon Center.

The Capitals have not lost to the Panthers in their last six visits to the Verizon Center (1/8/11-2/9/13). Washington has outscored Florida 24-6 during that time, with three of the last four meetings resulting in Caps shutouts. The Capitals have outscored the Panthers 16-2 at Verizon Center dating back to last season.


Upcoming Media
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 8:25 a.m.: Brooks Laich on The Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Entertain Panthers

Dump ‘n Chase: Rangers claim Hamrlik from Caps
Monumental Network: Rinkside Update 3/6/13 / Troy Brouwer 3/6/13 / Marcus Johansson 3/6/13 / Wojtek Wolski 3/6/13 / Adam Oates 3/6/13 / Monumental Today 3/6/13

Capitals Voice: A Look Back At Steve Oleksy’s NHL Debut Wednesday Night Against the Bruins / Your Capitals Minute for Wednesday, March 6

Washington Post: Svrluga: On hockey: Washington Capitals built team, expectations, and now must deliver with what they have / Capitals Insider: Tomas Kundratek embracing increased role with Capitals / Capitals Insider: Rangers claim Roman Hamrlik off waivers / Capitals Insider: One timers: Capitals claim momentum-building win over Bruins / Capitals Insider: Marcus Johansson cleared for contact; Troy Brouwer back on the ice / DC Sports Bog: Brooks Laich wants to start a band with Ryan Kerrigan / DC Sports Bog: Eric Fehr’s game-winning goal, the audio / DC Sports Bog: Brooks Laich playing guitar (video)

Washington Times: Confident Capitals see opportunity ahead after comeback victory / Capitals notes: Marcus Johansson takes major step in recovery from concussion / Capitals Watch: Troy Brouwer (illness) expects to play vs. Panthers / Capitals Watch: Rangers claim Roman Hamrlik off waivers from Caps / Capitals Watch: Capitals’ Marcus Johansson passes neuropsychological test

Washington Examiner: Capitals’ Wojtek Wolski is sticking with it / Loose Pucks: Caps defenseman Roman Hamrlik claimed by New York Rangers / Loose Pucks: Caps 4, Bruins 3 (Overtime): Five Observations / Loose Pucks: A memorable night for Caps rookie defenseman Steve Oleksy

CSN Washington: Brouwer expected back Thursday / Volpatti’s brave journey to the NHL / Rangers claim Hamrlik off waivers

NHL: Revived Capitals can continue to push Panthers away

Associated Press: Florida at Washington Preview

ESPN: Need to know: Remember these games for later (Washington Capitals mentioned) Capitals Practice Notes: Roman Hamrlik Claimed by Rangers, Marcus Johansson Passes Neuropsychological Test / Wojtek Wolski Redeems Himself In Capitals’ 4-3 Overtime Win Over Bruins
106.7 The Fan: Eric Fehr / John Carlson

ESPN 980: John Erskine

Teds Take: Lean In / Urban Arenas / To Work Remotely or Not / Wizards Vs. Timberwolves / MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference / Ripped From The Headlines / Special Night / High Character Win

Capitals Outsider: Elliot Segal Working at Caps Store
District Sports Page: Carlson, Crabb, Hendricks and Hillen Skate for Courage Caps

Recent Transactions
March 6 Roman Hamrlik claimed off of waivers by the New York Rangers
March 4 Signed and recalled Steven Oleksy 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



Southeast treat – The Capitals have compiled a 5-2-0 record against teams from the Southeast Division this season, the second-best record in Southeast divisional play. Washington has won its last five contests against Southeast Division opponents and is 2-0 this season against Florida.


Playing Fehr – Fehr’s three-point game on March 5 vs. Boston was the second of his career and it came nearly five years to the day after his first, which also came against the Bruins at Verizon Center. Fehr now has a point in seven of his last 10 games, with five goals and 11 points during that span. With 11 points on the season, Fehr is one of 176 NHL skaters with at least that many points this season. Fehr’s average ice time total of 11:57 per night is the lowest among all 176 of those players (as of Wednesday).

More than holding his own – Capitals rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek scored his first career NHL goal and added an assist on March 5 vs. Boston for his first-career multiple-point game. He currently ranks tied for third in the league among rookie blueliners in points despite ranking 16th in the league in average ice time per game (15:41). 


Three’s company – Washington currently owns a 9-2-0 record when it scores three or more goals in a game this season. The Capitals have also outscored their opponents 9-0 in the third period in their last five games. The three-goal deficit that Washington overcame on March 5 vs. Boston was the biggest deficit Washington has overcome in a victory this season.


Streaking – Braden Holtby started his 10th consecutive game on March 5 vs. Boston. The last goaltender to start 10 consecutive games for Washington was Tomas Vokoun last season from Dec. 28 – Jan. 17. The last Capitals goaltender to start more than 10 straight games was Olie Kolzig, who started 16 consecutive games from Oct. 17, 2003 – Nov. 22, 2003 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).