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Caps Today, 3/21/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals continue a season-high, four-game road trip with the first half of back-to-back contests in Winnipeg tonight.

The Washington Capitals will face the Winnipeg Jets Thursday and Friday nights in Winnipeg, marking the first time in Capitals history that they will face the same opponent on consecutive nights in the same city. The only other time Washington has played the same opponent in consecutive games on the road came on March 25 and 29 in 2006 at Carolina. The Capitals have played consecutive games, both at home, against the same opponent three times, including Feb. 21 and 23 of this season against New Jersey. (Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)  

Upcoming Media
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM
Tomorrow, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Visit Jets – Twice / Fighting Helped Oleksy Open Eyes
Monumental Network: Mike Green 3/20/13 / Adam Oates 3/20/13 / Rinkside Update: 3/20/13 / Monumental Today 3/20/13 / Monumental Memories: Caps Alumni Pranks 3/20/13

Washington Post: Capitals in desperate need of points, not moral victories / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates on Mike Green: ‘We’ve got to make sure he is ready’ / Capitals Insider: Maintenance day for Brooks Laich, other practice notes / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Brooks Laich’s debut, Capitals find positives in defensive play  / DC Sports Bog: Caps inaugural season ticket ad from 1974

Washington Times: Mike Green says he’ll return to Capitals lineup Thursday / Capitals try to stay positive after disheartening loss at Pittsburgh / Capitals Watch: Mike Green says he’ll play; Adam Oates not so sure / Capitals Watch: Capitals practice update: Maintenance day for Brooks Laich / Capitals Watch: Morning After: Penguins 2, Capitals 1 / Capitals Watch: Brooks Laich not ‘overextended’ in season debut for Caps

Washington Examiner: Two huge games in one trip to Winnipeg for Capitals

CSN Washington: Pre-game primer: Caps season on the line / Mark Tinordi’s son makes NHL debut / Holtby: Wins need to replace excuses / Milestone for Dale Hunter / GMs address NHL’s biggest issues / Sudden thoughts on Caps’ loss in Pitt / Monumental Today: Capitals pranks / Bears returning for second Showcase Classic

NHL: Capitals look to rebound against Jets / Mike Ribeiro: Should Capitals keep him or move him?

Associated Press: Washington at Winnipeg Preview Green plans to play versus Jets Steven Oleksy Soaks in NHL Experience with Capitals

PennLive: Hershey Bears will play Syracuse Crunch at Verizon Center next season
Ted’s Take: The Changing World of Media Consumption / “100 Years of Georgetown Basketball” / Powerless Four-Minute Power Play Dooms The Caps

Recent Transactions
March 18 Recalled Dmitry Orlov from Hershey
March 16 Assigned Cameron Schilling to Hershey

Injury Update
D Mike Green – day-to-day
D Tomas Kundratek – day-to-day
D John Erskine – day-to-day
D Tom Poti – day-to-day




Feel the power – Alex Ovechkin scored Washington’s lone goal on March 19 at Pittsburgh, his eighth power-play tally of the season. He is currently tied for the league lead in power-play goals and ranks 12th among all active players in career goals with the man advantage (119). Ovechkin ranks second in Capitals history in power-play goals, behind Peter Bondra (137).


Lots to Laich – Brooks Laich returned to the lineup on March 19, making his season debut, and skated 12:51 while recording one shot on goal, three hits and a blocked shot. Prior to this season, Laich had only missed four games in five seasons combined (all coming in 2009-10). He ranks 19th all-time in games played with Washington (557) and 23rd in points (278).


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 71 points (34 goals, 37 assists) in 50 career games against the Winnipeg franchise, his highest total against any NHL team.


History of success – The Capitals are 13-7-2 in their last 22 contests against Winnipeg. Washington owns a .592 points percentage all-time against the Jets franchise, the fifth-highest against any team in Capitals history. The Capitals have allowed just 2.89 goals per game against Winnipeg in their history, the seventh-lowest amount against any franchise. 


Ribeiro powering up – Mike Ribeiro tallied an assist on March 19 at Pittsburgh, his 17th power-play point of the campaign. Ribeiro led Dallas with 15 power-play points last season and currently leads the NHL in that department, despite only ranking tied for 52nd in the league in average power-play ice time per game (3:37).