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Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 3/6/17

March 6, 2017
The Capitals conclude their three-game homestand tonight against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center. Kevin Shattenkirk has recorded 24 points (4g, 20a) in 26 career games against the Stars, marking the most points he has earned against an NHL team. In addition, he ranks tied for second among active NHL defensemen in points against Dallas. Alex Ovechkin has registered 11 points (8g, 3a) in 13 career games against Dallas and has earned a point in five consecutive games against the Stars (4g, 2a). In addition, Ovechkin has scored 21 career goals against Kari Lehtonen, tied for the second-most goals he has scored against a goaltender in his career (Henrik Lundqvist: 22). Nicklas Backstrom has earned 11 points (2g, 9a) in 11 career games against the Stars, including seven points in his last five games (2g, 5a). Justin Williams leads Washington with 30 points (16g, 14a) in 37 career games against Dallas, including nine points in his last 10 games (6g, 3a). T.J. Oshie has recorded 22 points (10g, 12a) in 25 career games against the Stars, including six points in his last five games (2g, 4a).

Media Notes
Karl Alzner will join The Sports Junkies on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan.

Barry Trotz will join The Sports Junkies on Wednesday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan

John Carlson will join Chad Dukes vs. The World on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on 106.7 The Fan.

Jay Beagle will join Cooley and Kevin on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. on ESPN980.

Top Game Notes
Holt-beast – Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.89) and shutouts (8) this season, ranks tied for first in wins (34) and tied for second in save percentage (.931). Holtby is the only goaltender in the NHL this season to rank in the top two in wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage (min. 20 GP). In addition, he is one of three goaltenders in the NHL to earn 30 wins in each of the last three seasons (Devan Dubnyk, Tuukka Rask) and is aiming to become the third goaltender in NHL history to record three consecutive 40-win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10). Since 2012-13, Holtby leads the NHL in wins (169) and shutouts (28).

Home Sweet Home – The Capitals defeated Philadelphia 2-1 (OT) on Saturday, extending their franchise-record home winning streak to 15 games (1/1-3/4) and their franchise record home point streak to 17 games (12/23-3/4: 16-0-1). Washington is the first team to post a home winning streak of 15 or more games since Detroit won an NHL record 23 consecutive home games in 2011-12. During its home-winning streak, Washington has outscored opponents 67-21 and posted six shutouts. The Capitals have posted a 27-5-1 record at home this season and lead the NHL in home wins. In addition, Washington leads the NHL in goals against per game (1.61) at home this season and ranks second in goals per game (3.48). Nicklas Backstrom leads the team and ranks third in the NHL with 40 points (12g, 28a) in 33 home games this season. Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.69), wins (22) and shutouts (7) at home this season and ranks second in save percentage (.933).

Power Surge – The Capitals have scored 22 power-play goals in their last 25 games (1/9-3/4), posting a 32.4% power-play percentage during that span. Washington ranks tied for fifth in the NHL in power-play percentage this season (22.1%) and has posted a 29-3-2 record in games when it scores a power-play goal. Since Jan. 1, the Capitals tied for first in the NHL in power-play goals (23). Nicklas Backstrom ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in power-play assists (19) and power-play points (25) and Alex Ovechkin ranks tied for third in power-play goals (12).

Going Streaking – Braden Holtby has posted a 19-0-2 record with five shutouts, a 1.67 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in his last 23 games (12/29-3/4). His current streak of 21 consecutive decisions with a point is the third-longest in franchise history, trailing Jose Theodore in 2009-10 (20-0-3) and himself last season (20-0-2). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Holtby joins Pete Peeters as the only goalies in NHL history to post two single-season unbeaten streaks of 20 or more decisions. Peeters registered a 27-decision streak for the Flyers in 1979–80 (22–0–5) and a 31-decision streak for the Bruins in 1982–83 (26–0–5).

700 for Winnik – Daniel Winnik is scheduled to play in his 700th NHL game on Monday against Dallas. Winnik has registered 222 points (72g, 150a) in 699 career games with Arizona, Colorado, San Jose, Anaheim, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Washington. Winnik, who was drafted by Arizona in the ninth round, 265th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, will become the eighth player from the 2004 Draft class to reach 700 NHL games.

Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump n’ Chase: Caps Seeing Stars on Monday / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 2, Flyers 1 (OT) / Caps Overtake Flyers in Overtime, 2-1
Monumental Sports Network: Barry Trotz Postgame 3/4/17 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 3/4/17
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Revisiting the Capitals’ Roster Needs Following the Trade DeadlineTrotz Introduced Shattenkirk to Caps by Showing Video of His Fight with WilliamsPrediction Recap: Caps Outlast FlyersTom Wilson Put His Butt on the Line for Caps / Among the Adjustments Shattenkirk Still Needs to Make: Remember Secret Handshake with Oshie / Caps Survive Slugfest with Flyers to Extend Home Win Streak / 3 Bold Predictions: Expecting Fisticuffs with Philly  /  Daniel Winnik Pokes Fun at CSN on TwitterBarry Trotz Gets Deep When Talking Impact of Brooks Orpik: ‘You Can’t Measure Love’ / 3.4.17 Rewind: Caps Take Down Flyers in 2-1 OT Win / Niskanen: ‘We had to Work for it’ Against FlyersBraden Holtby Praises Caps’ Defensive Efforts in Flyers Win / Backstrom: ‘Sometimes You’re Going to Have these Games’ / Tom Wilson Jokes About Sore Tailbone From Blocked ShotBackstrom Says Capitals Must Improve After OT Win
Washington Post: A special teams special: Nicklas Backstrom lifts Capitals past Flyers in OT, 2-1 / Capitals and Kevin Shattenkirk still figuring each other out on the power play Kevin Shattenkirk finding his way with Capitals / Capitals win 15th straight at home
Associated Press: Stars-Capitals Preview / Backstrom scores in OT as Capitals beat Flyers
Boston Herald: Harris: Capital improvement plan a hit with Kevin Shattenkirk
Fox Sports: Watch Alex Ovechkin live out his ‘childhood dream’ of delivering pizza
NBC 4: Washington Capitals Star Alex Ovechkin Delivers Pizza to Surprised Customers
New York Post: Making sense of quiet NHL trade deadline: Why Caps pulled trigger
WNST: The Holtbeast Leads the Caps Over the Flyers
Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy: Alex Ovechkin delivers pizzas to stunned fans, has bad food takes
Japers’ Rink: Monday Caps Clips / Caps vs. Flyers Recap: No Time Like Overtime, Caps Win 2-1 / Sunday Caps Clips

Dallas Morning News:  A player meeting every expectation, Esa Lindell's next big challenge comes in the form of Alex Ovechkin / Stars owner Tom Gaglardi's fight to cure diabetes is motivated by one thing, his son /  Stars snap six-game road losing streak, top Panthers thanks to great goaltending /  Don't expect a Cowboys-like turnaround for dumpster Stars /  Antoine Roussel will miss six to eight weeks, Stars scramble to bolster offensive depth
Forth Worth Star-Telegram:  Dallas Stars look to continue recent turnaround Monday at WashingtonStars score late to top Panthers, win 4 of last 6  Late goal lifts Stars past Panthers, 2-1 /  Roussel out 6-8 weeks with hand injury /  Dallas Stars recall left wing Remi Elie from Texas