The Washington Capitals return home to begin a three-game homestand tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Alex Ovechkin scored in the Capitals' 3-2 win at Montreal on April 9, extending his road goal-scoring streak to nine games, a Capitals franchise record. The last player to score in nine consecutive road games was Alexander Mogilny for New Jersey in 2000-01. Ovechkin currently leads the league in road goals (17) and ranks tied for second in the league in road scoring with 26 points.
Today, 5:45 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
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Associated Press: Hurricanes-Capitals Preview
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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
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Martin Erat – day-to-day
F Joel Ward – day-to-day
TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Shooting star – Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal of the season on April 9 at Montreal and has now recorded 17g-7a in his last 15 games. Ovechkin currently ranks tied for first in the league in goals (Stamkos) and was named the NHL’s “First Star” of the Week for the week ending April 7. Ovechkin earned “First Star” honors for the second time in the last three weeks. In addition, Ovechkin also leads the league in shots on goal (178).
Against the Canes – Washington is 11-3-2 in its last 16 games overall against Carolina. The Capitals are 8-2-2 in their last 12 home games against Carolina.
Just win – Braden Holtby recorded his 17th win of the season on April 6 at Florida, extending a career-high for wins in a single season. Holtby won 10 games in 2010-11 and is one of just four goaltenders (Jim Carey, Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov) in Capitals history to post two or more seasons of 10 or more wins at the age of 23 or younger. Holtby’s 31 career wins rank him fourth in Capitals history among goaltenders originally drafted by Washington and he owns the most wins in his first 50 career games among active goaltenders.
Most Wins Thru First 50 Career Games (Active Goalies)
Braden Holtby 31
Kari Lehtonen 30
Carey Price 30
Antti Niemi 30
Niklas Backstrom 30
On a roll – The Capitals have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests and since Feb. 8 have posted an 19-9-1 record. Washington has scored 2.92 goals per game, tied for the sixth-highest in the NHL, while the Capitals power play ranks first in the league (25%). Washington’s current five-game winning streak is its longest since a seven-game winning streak to open the 2011-12 season (Oct. 8-22).
Nothing new for Neuvirth – Michal Neuvirth has won his last two starts, making 27 saves for the win on April 9 at Montreal. Neuvirth owns a 4-1-1 record and a 2.57 goals-against average with a .919 save percentage in seven games against Carolina in his career. His only regulation loss came in his first start against Carolina on March 3, 2009.