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Caps Today, 5/1/13

Today’s Storyline

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

Alex Ovechkin has posted a 1.16 points-per-game average since his first NHL postseason in 2008, the third-highest among all active players (min. 20 games played). His .59 goals per game ranks second in the league in that span. Ovechkin ranks third all-time in Capitals playoff history in points (59), one behind Mike Ridley for second place. He is tied for the franchise playoff lead in goals with Peter Bondra (30).

Nicklas Backstrom ranks 12th in Capitals history in playoff scoring with 40 points in 50 games, trailing Joe Juneau by one point for 11th place. His 26 assists are tied with Bondra for 11th.

Mike Green currently ranks fifth among defensemen scoring in Capitals postseason history (29 points), and his seven goals rank seventh.

Braden Holtby’s seven wins, all recorded last season, rank him fifth in Caps playoff history for wins. Olie Kolzig holds the postseason mark for wins with 20 in 45 games.

Upcoming Media
Today, 11:30 a.m.: Monumental Today (Live),


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Patience Pays Off for Capitals / Special Delivery Required
Monumental Network: Braden Holtby 4/30/13 / Matt Hendricks 4/30/13 / Martin Erat 4/30/13 / Karl Alzner 4/30/13 / Alex Ovechkin 4/30/13 / Adam Oates 4/30/13 / Rinkside Update 4/30/13

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Wednesday, May 1

Washington Post: Capitals Insider: Capitals-Rangers: Top five storylines to watch unfold / Capitals Insider: Metro will extend service for late Capitals playoff games / Capitals Insider: Mike Ribeiro returns to playoffs for first time in five years / Capitals Insider: Capitals confident in aggressive pressure-based system against Rangers

Washington Times: Harris: A day with the Stanley Cup: What would you do? / Alex Ovechkin in goal-a-game form as NHL playoffs begin / Capitals Watch: Capitals Playoffs 2013: Metro offering late-night service / Capitals Watch: Capitals Playoffs 2013: Mike Ribeiro back after long absence / Capitals Watch: Caps prospect Tom Wilson takes his talents to Hershey

Washington Examiner: Capitals-Rangers playoff matchup provides a new twist on the rivalry

CSN Washington: Caps Countdown Part 3 / Ribeiro tries to forge playoff reputation / Caps say they’re contenders, not pretenders

NHL: Capitals’ Ribeiro excited to be back in playoffs

Associated Press: ‘Glad it worked’: After move to right wing, Capitals captain Ovechkin regains scoring touch

CBC Sports: NHL playoffs: East goalie storylines (Braden Holtby mentioned)

Edmonton Sun: Contract talks not a distraction for Caps’ Ribeiro

Fourth Period: Caps’ Plan for the Off-Season

Free Lance Star: New Caps relish trip to playoffs Barring Setback, Joel Ward Expected to Return for Game 1

Newsday: Rangers must avoid penalties vs. Capitals
CBS DC: The Two Biggest Reasons for Caps Turnaround

Northern Virginia Daily: Capitals have unfinished business

Sports Illustrated: NHL playoffs preview: No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Rangers

SportsNet: NHL playoff sleepers: Eastern Conference (Washington Capitals mentioned)

USA Today: Power Rankings: Player votes, playoff predictions (Washington Capitals mentioned) / 10 factors that will shape playoffs (Alex Ovechkin mentioned)

WTOP: Metro to extend service if Caps games end late during playoffs
PennLive: Hershey Bears add touted Washington Capitals prospect Tom Wilson / Washington Capitals prospect Tom Wilson on joining Hershey Bears: Video / Tom Wilson, Connor Carrick join Hershey Bears
Ted’s Take: Newspaper Reporter Dubbed the Worst Job in Business / The Most Used Drug in History – Aspirin / Cool Story on Adam Oates / “The Great One” on the Great 8 / Coaches Corner with Ben Olsen of DC United / Concert Does Not Impact Caps / Best Tick Tock I Have Read / Get to Know the New York Rangers on Japers’ Rink / A Great Photo Here
District Sports Page: Brooks Laich and the Washington Capitals Make Local Teen’s Wish Come True

Injury Update

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