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Caps Today, 4/23/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals begin their final homestand of the regular season tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. The Capitals can clinch the Southeast Division title with a regulation or overtime win tonight vs. the Jets.

The Capitals clinched their fifth-straight playoff berth last season, marking the longest streak of playoff appearances in franchise history since their 14-straight postseason trips from the 1982-83 season through 1995-96. The streak of five straight playoff appearances is tied for the fourth-longest active playoff streak in the NHL going into this season. Washington is looking to extend its playoff streak to six consecutive seasons. The Capitals have won four Southeast Division titles in the last five seasons.

Upcoming Media
Today, 12:45 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Fix, ESPN 980 AM
Today, 5:45 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 8:45 a.m.: Brooks Laich on The Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Look to Lock Up Southeast Crown vs. Jets

Dump ‘n Chase: A Good Week on the Farm
Monumental Network: Alex Ovechkin 4/22/13 / Matt Hendricks 4/22/13 / Jack Hillen 4/22/13 / Troy Brouwer 4/22/13 / Adam Oates 4/22/13  / Inside Access 2013 Caps Team Photo / Caps Red Line Presented by GEICO: Episode 9 / Rinkside Update 4/22/13 / Monumental Today 4/22/13

Washington Post: Caps look to beat up on Jets once more with playoffs in reach /Hamilton: For Washington Capitals, it all comes down to this / Capitals Insider: Tom Poti nominated for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy / Capitals Insider: How the Caps can clinch the Southeast Division / Capitals Insider: Capitals gear up for final week of regular season

Washington Times: Capitals can clinch playoff spot by beating Jets on Tuesday / Capitals Watch: NHL playoff scenarios 2013: How Caps can clinch Southeast / Capitals notes: Tom Poti honored for perseverance in face of injuries / Capitals Watch: Capitals injury report: Brooks Laich, Joel Ward still not skating / Capitals Watch: Tom Poti is Capitals’ Masterton Trophy nominee / Capitals Watch: Capitals practice update: No changes

Washington Examiner: For Capitals, it’s win and they’re in / Loose Pucks: Caps defenseman Tom Poti nominated for Masterton Trophy

CSN Washington: Caps: Around the rinks / Caps must clinch before ‘winning the whole thing’ / Bettman, Leonsis to address state of hockey / Capitals’ Poti nominated for Masterton / Ward, Laich remain sidelined for Caps

NHL: Capitals can clinch Southeast by beating Jets

Associated Press: Jets-Capitals Preview

CBS DC: Not Quite ‘Do You Believe In Miracles,’ But Caps Could Be Close Tonight Ovechkin, Caps prep for ‘huge’ playoff-clinching game vs. Jets Adam Oates’s Emphasis on Execution Over Production has Capitals Rolling

Washington Express: Playoffs Are in Caps’ Sights
PennLive: Hershey Bears vs. Providence Bruins: Playoff preview at a glance
106.7 The Fan: Steve Oleksy interview

ESPN 980: Jack Hillen interview
Ted’s Take: Power Rankings on ESPN / Mikey Monday? / Fighters and Family / “Pittsburgh: A Better Home” / Random Notes

Injury Update
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Joel Ward – day-to-day




Dirty thirty – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season on April 20 at Montreal, marking the eighth consecutive season that Ovechkin has tallied 30 or more goals. Ovechkin is the only player to have recorded 30 or more goals each season since 2005-06 and is one of just nine players in NHL history to score 30 goals in each of his first eight seasons in the league, joining Glenn Anderson, Mike Bossy, Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk, Jari Kurri, Luc Robitaille and Bryan Trottier in that accomplishment.

Assist assignment – Nicklas Backstrom recorded a goal and an assist on April 20 at Montreal and has now recorded one goal and 14 assists in 10 games during the month of April. Backstrom currently ranks third in the NHL in assists (39) and tied for 10th in points (46). Since his rookie season in 2007-08, only four players have tallied more helpers than Backstrom’s 305 career assists.

April success – The Capitals have opened the month of April with a 9-1-0 record in their first 10 games. 2012-13 marks the most productive month of April in Capitals regular-season history as their nine wins and 18 points set franchise marks in both categories. The previous record for wins and points in April came in 1994-95 when Washington went 7-6-1 (15 points). The Capitals are searching for their first 10-win month since March of 2011 (12-2-1). Alex Ovechkin tied an NHL record when he scored the second of his two goals on Saturday. Ovechkin has racked up 12 goals in 10 games this month, matching the league mark for April goals in one season set by Mario Lemieux in 1993 (in only seven games) and equaled by Winnipeg's Alex Zhamnov in 1995 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).

Green going – Mike Green recorded two more assists on April 20 at Montreal and has now tallied five goals and five assists in 10 games during the month of April. Green ranks second in the league among defensemen in goals scored (10), and is one of just six active defensemen to have tallied four, 10-goal seasons since the 2007-08 campaign. Only four defensemen have posted more points since 2007-08 than Green’s 257.

Brouwer power – Troy Brouwer notched his third multi-goal game of the season on April 20 at Montreal and currently ranks second on the Capitals with 19 goals. Brouwer ranks tied for 11th in the NHL in goals scored and has surpassed his goal total from last season in just 44 games. Brouwer has scored six goals in his last five games and is just three goals shy of tying his career high of 22, set in 2009-10. Brouwer’s five game-winning goals rank tied for fourth in the league.