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Caps Today, 4/30

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals will practice today at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Goaltender Braden Holtby has posted a 2-2-1 record with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in five regular season games vs. the Rangers. Holtby’s .942 save percentage vs. New York is the fourth-highest of his career against teams he has played at least three games against.

Holtby collected a 3-4 record with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in seven playoff games last season against the Rangers.

In his career, Holtby has compiled a 2-1 record with a 1.63 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage in three career regular season games at Madison Square Garden.

Upcoming Media
Wednesday, 8:45 a.m.: Brooks Laich on The Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Ten Turning Point Tilts
Monumental Network: Adam Oates 4/29/13 / Alex Ovechkin 4/29/13 / Troy Brouwer 4/29/13 / Nicklas Backstrom 4/29/13 / Mike Green 4/29/13 / John Erskine 4/29/13 / Steve Oleksy 4/29/13 /Braden Holtby 4/29/13 / Jason Chimera 4/29/13 / Mike Ribeiro 4/29/13 / Rinkside Update 4/29/13 / Caps Red Line Presented by GEICO: Episode 10

Capitals Voice:  Playoff Promo You’ll Hear on 106.7 The Fan / Troy Brouwer, with Johnson on WTOP

Washington Post: Washington Capitals coaches are direct link to team’s run to 1998 Stanley Cup finals / Capitals Insider: Rangers’ edge in puck possession not a big factor / Capitals Insider: Capitals give mixed reviews on long layoff before Game 1 vs. Rangers / Capitals Insider: Rangers trying to avoid a ‘war of words’ with Capitals / Capitals Insider: Capitals being ‘careful’ with Brooks Laich’s recovery / Capitals Insider: Joel Ward hopes to be ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers / Capitals Insider: Capitals-Rangers playoffs rewind: A look at the last three series / DC Sports Bog: The Caps 2013 TV ratings / DC Sports Bog: Alex Ovechkin promo bloopers

Washington Times: Caps and Rangers get bonus time off before opening Stanley Cup playoffs / Capitals Watch: Explaining my 2013 NHL Awards ballot / Capitals Watch: Adam Oates: Brooks Laich ‘on the way to recovery’ / Capitals Watch: Capitals Playoffs 2013: Joel Ward targets Game 1 return / Capitals Watch: Capitals Playoffs 2013: Practice 1 of many

Washington Examiner: Capitals get more rest than they could ever want before playoffs start Thursday / Loose Pucks: Oates: Still no timetable for Brooks Laich’s return / Loose Pucks: Caps forward Joel Ward hopeful to be ready for Stanley Cup Playoff opener

CSN Washington: Caps countdown Part two / George McPhee unplugged: Goalies, free agency / Ward getting closer, Laich on the mend

NHL: NBC sports anchors size up first-round drama (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Associated Press: Caps have ‘a little extra fire’ for Rangers / Capitals star Ovechkin named NHL’s first star for April after 14-goal month Playoff Preview: (3) Washington vs (6) NY Rangers

CBS Sports Radio: Alexander Ovechkin ‘Buying Into’ Capitals’ Coaching

ESPN: Cup Scouting Report: Capitals

ESPN New York: Rangers ready for ‘battle’ with Caps

Newsday: Ovechkin, Capitals have been on a roll / Rangers, Capitals familiar playoff foes

New York Daily News: Rangers set to face Washington Capitals in rematch from last year’s Eastern Conference semi-finals Ovechkin named NHL’s first star for April Joel Ward Participates in First Postseason Practice, Hopes to Return For Game 1 NY Rangers see a different Capitals team ahead despite rematch / NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist faces Capitals’ Braden Holtby / NY Rangers playoff preview: Can the Rangers get past Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals?

Reuters: St. Louis, Ovechkin and Chicago goalies claim NHL awards

SportingNews: NHL awards: Alex Ovechkin gets Hart nod over Sidney Crosby, plus full ballot

Toronto Sun: Ovechkin’s playoff message: I’ll step on you’

USA Today: Playoff preview: Capitals vs. Rangers

Washington Post Express: The Caps’ Common Playoff Enemy

Winnipeg Sun: Former Jet Fehr big part of Capitals’ playoff plans

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Rivals Rangers, Capitals set for a new battle

Yahoo! Sports: Ranking 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series: Which ones are must see? (Washington Capitals mentioned)
PennLive: Washington Capitals top prospect Tom Wilson joining Hershey Bears on Tuesday
WTOP: Troy Brouwer Interview

WTTG-TV Fox 5: Live with Holly Morris – Caps in Playoffs
Ted’s Take: Jason Collins / Alex Ovechkin Named First Star for the Month of April / Official Playoff Schedule is Out / Local Police Lace Up Their Skates for a Great Cause / Positive Post Pixels on Oates / Smart Cars
Homer McFanBoy: 10 Reasons Why Adam Oates was the Perfect Hire

Russian Machine Never Breaks: Wayne Gretzky Endorses Alex Ovechkin for Hart Trophy, Thinks Adam Oates Has Done “Tremendous” Job

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