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Caps Today 12/3

In the last two seasons, John Carlson (12) ranks second in goals among NHL defensemen born in the United States, trailing only Dustin Byfuglien (14). The Natick, Mass., native ranks tied for fifth in the NHL among defensemen in goals this season (6), first among Washington skaters in blocked shots (54) and average ice time (24:19) and second on the team in shots (72). Carlson and the Capitals return to action tonight against Metropolitan Division rival Carolina at Verizon Center.


Today, 8 a.m.: John Carlson on Elliot In The Morning, DC101

Today, 8:25 a.m.: Eric Fehr on Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM

Today, 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Alan May, ESPN 980

Today, 1:05 p.m.: Mike Vogel with Boomer Gordon, SiriusXM

Wednesday, 8:40 a.m.: Brooks Laich on Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM

Wednesday, 2 p.m.: Caps Report on

Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.: Greg Wyshynski, ESPN980

Wednesday, 3:50 p.m.: Karl Alzner on LaVar & Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM

Thursday, 12:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Greg

Wyshynski, ESPN980

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump 'n Chase: Caps Back Home to Host Carolina

Monumental Network: Karl Alzner / Jay Beagle / Jack Hillen / Adam Oates / Alex Ovechkin / Rinkside Update

Washington Post: Capitals Insider: Jack Hillen trying to stay positive in spite of another frustrating injury / Capitals Insider: Capitals will not loan Tom Wilson to Team Canada for World Juniors / Capitals Insider: Michal Neuvirth placed on injured reserve, Brooks Laich misses another practice with groin injury Oates learning how to handle unhappy campers / Hillen: ‘I drank lots of milk as a kid, I swear’ / Laich’s injury a growing concern for Caps / Neuvirth, Laich remain sidelined for Caps Hurricanes begin tough road stretch vs. Capitals

Hockey News: Fantasy Q&A: Grab Grabovski / Penguins and Capitals Success Spells Dream Scenario for NHL Brooks Laich, Michal Neuvirth Still Suffering from Lower-Body Injuries / Jack Hillen Hopeful to Return This Season From Fractured Tibial Plateau

Washington Post Express: Caps are looking for consistency

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Tuesday, December 3

Ted’s Take: This is Great…Deadline, the Movie / More Pixels of Praise on John Wall and Wizards / Dancing / Great Story on Local DC Tech Scene / Elite Company / Keep Calm. Carry On. /  “100+” / Washington Caps Tix on Groupon for 2 Games / Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

Japers’ Rink: Tuesday Caps Clips / Martin Erat, Michael Nylander and What it All Means / Capitals Ups and Downs: Week 9

November Notes - Washington concluded the month of November with a 9-4-2 record and earned a point in five of its last six road games, posting a 3-1-2 record. The Capitals outscored opponents 44-38 in the month and went 13 for 58 (22.4%) on the power play. Washington, with 30 points (14-11-2), sits in sole possession of second place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

Hurricane Killers – Braden Holtby is 4-2-0 with one shutout, a 1.84 GAA and a .951 save percentage in six career games against Carolina. Alex Ovechkin has registered 66 points (25g, 41a) in 53 career games against the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom (40 points) and John Carlson (12 points) have each recorded more career points against the Hurricanes than any other NHL team. Mike Green has scored more goals (13) against Carolina than any other NHL team.

O from Ovi - Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, a three-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, leads the NHL with 21 goals in 25 games this season, including a league-leading 11 goals in 13 November games. The 28-year-old Moscow native has scored 83 more goals than any other player in his nine NHL seasons (392 total), but 2013-14 marked the first time he became the first player to hit the 20-goal mark (Nov. 23). Ovechkin capped the month by scoring his 14th career regular-season overtime goal Nov. 30, the most by any player since he entered the NHL in 2005-06 and tied for fifth all-time. November 2013 marked the sixth time in his career he has scored three game-winning goals in a month and the first time in his career he has registered two overtime goals in a month.


Holt-beast – Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots on Saturday against the Islanders, marking the 10th time in Holtby’s last 12 starts he has recorded 30 or more saves. In his last 12 starts, Holtby is 8-3-1 with one shutout, a 2.35 GAA and a .933 save percentage. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native ranks second in the NHL in saves (676) and tied for ninth in wins (12). In his 12 wins this season, Holtby has posted a 1.86 GAA and a .947 save percentage.


Ovechkin Closes In On Record – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the first period on Nov. 22 against Montreal, marking his 135th career power-play goal. Ovechkin now sits three power-play goals shy of passing Peter Bondra (137) for first place on the Capitals all-time power-play goals list.


Capitals Franchise Power-Play Goals

Peter Bondra  137

Alex Ovechkin 135

Mike Gartner  98