The Washington Capitals will face the Florida Panthers in Florida tonight for the first half of back-to-backs.
The Capitals have compiled a 23-8-1 record against Florida in the last 32 matchups and have gone 10-5-1 in their last 16 road games vs. Florida. The Capitals are 3-0-0 this season against the Panthers, outscoring Florida 18-6 in that span, and have scored at least five goals in all three contests so far this season. Washington has not lost a season series to the Panthers since the 2005-06 season and is looking to sweep the season series against Florida for the first time since 2009-10 when it went 6-0.
Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Friday, April 5
Washington Post: Washington Capitals’ Mike Green is finally returning to form / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Caps take over first in Southeast; Martin Erat debuts / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby stellar with 35-save outing against Islanders / DC Sports Bog: Mike Green got a haircut
Associated Press: Capitals-Panthers Preview
NBCWashington.com: Mike Green Slowly, But Surely Returning to Dynamic Self for Caps / Nationals, Capitals Lead Respective Divisions On Same Day For First Time Ever
Ted’s Take: Wizards are 15-7 / Awesome Photo and Story Here for PC Enthusiasts / Huge Waves / LOL: Freak Out / Finally Over 5age00 / Homage to the Pollin Family / Sweet Night
Capitals Outsider: Reading Celebrates Playoffs With Capitals Jerseys & Game One Victory
Russian Machine Never Breaks: Capitals Sign Patrick Wey to Entry-Level Contract / Don’t Overlook Michael Latta in the Erat-Forsberg Trade
April 5 Signed Patrick Wey and Julien Brouillette
April 3 Acquired Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville in exchange for Filip Forsberg; Assigned Nate Schmidt to Hershey
April 2 Assigned Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek to Hershey; Signed Nate Schmidt; Acquired Joel Rechlicz from Phoenix in exchange for Matt Clackson; Acquired Dane Byers from Edmonton in exchange for Garrett Stafford
April 1 Assigned Philipp Grubauer to Hershey
March 31 Recalled Philipp Grubauer from Hershey
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Green streak – Mike Green scored for the fourth consecutive game on April 4 vs. the Islanders and has tallied 5g-1a in his last four contests. Thursday marked Green’s first goal spree of as many as four consecutive contests since he scored in four straight from Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2010, a period that included Braden Holtby’s first NHL win (Nov. 5) and first NHL start (Nov. 7). Green holds the NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman (eight games).
Here to assist – Nicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to four games with an assist on April 4 vs. New York and now has 1g-6a in his last four contests. Backstrom is currently tied for third in the league in assists (30) after tallying 17 helpers in 18 combined games in March and April.
Southeast treat – The Capitals have compiled a 10-3-0 record against teams from the Southeast Division this season, the best record in Southeast divisional play. Washington has won its last four contests against Southeast Division opponents and is 3-0 this season against Florida.
Explosive offense – The Capitals scored four goals in the game’s first 8:10 on March 7 vs. Florida. That marks the second-fastest four goals scored to start a game in Capitals history. The first came in 6:49 on 1/21/86 vs. the Minnesota North Stars. The four first-period goals tied a season high for a single period while the seven goals scored were a single-game high this season for Washington.
Caps add Erat – The Capitals acquired forwards Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville at the trade deadline on Wednesday. Erat ranked tied for first on Nashville in points and led the team in assists at the time of the trade and skated 14:43 in his Capitals debut on April 4 vs. the New York Islanders.He ranks second in Nashville franchise history in career points (481), goals (163), assists (318), games played (723), game-winning goals (26) and ranks third in power-play goals (42). He recorded a career-high 58 points (19 goals, 39 assists) last season for Nashville and has eclipsed the 50-point plateau in five of the last six seasons. Erat entered the season as one of just 17 NHL players (including Mike Ribeiro) to have recorded 45 or more points each of the last eight seasons (since 2003-04).