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Game Notes at San Jose, 3/9/17

March 8, 2017
LAST GAME
Dallas 4, Washington 2
March 6, 2017 * Verizon Center * Washington, D.C.
Washington Goals: Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie
Shots: WSH: 44; DAL: 22
Power Plays: WSH: 0-4; DAL: 0-2
Three Stars: 1. Lehtonen (DAL), 2. Spezza (DAL), 3. Oshie (WSH)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 7: Signed Kris Bindulis and Hampus Gustafsson to entry-level contracts

CAPITALS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Marcus Johansson – One goal shy of 100 NHL/Capitals goals
Karl Alzner – Three assists shy of 100 NHL/Capitals assists

CAPITALS MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
Daniel Winnik – Played in his 700th NHL game, March 7 vs. DAL
Kevin Shattenkrik – Earned his first Capitals point, March 4 vs. PHI

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
T.J. Oshie, missed 13 games (11/20-12/5, 1/9, 1/26, 2/24-3/2)
Andre Burakovsky, missed 10 games (2/11-3/6)
John Carlson, missed six games (1/16-1/26)
Matt Niskanen, missed three games (12/9, 2/24-2/25)
Brooks Orpik, missed three games (2/24-2/28)
Lars Eller, missed one game (11/20)
Jay Beagle, missed one game (1/24)
Justin Williams, missed one game (2/1)
Total Man Games Lost: 38
 
TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals begin their three-game California road trip on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. The game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season.

UPCOMING GAMES
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
TV
AUDIO
March 9
at San Jose
10:30 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 11
at Los Angeles
10:30 p.m.
CSN+
104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
March 12
at Anaheim
9:30 p.m.
CSN, NHLN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 14
Minnesota
7 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 16
Nashville
7 p.m.
CSN, NHLN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
* All times are Eastern

NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Saint Nick – Nicklas Backstrom earned two points (1g, 1a) on Monday against Dallas, marking his team-leading 17th multi-point game of the season and 193rd of his career. Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom ranks fourth in the League in multi-point games and he ranks tied for ninth in the NHL in multi-point games this season. Backstrom scored his 21st goal of the season on Monday, marking his most goals in a season since 2009-10 (33) and the third-most goals he has scored in a season in his career (10 seasons). Backstrom has scored a goal in three of his last four games (2/29-3/6: 3g, 1a) and tallied 20 points in his last 16 games (1/31-3/6: 8g, 12a). In addition, he has tallied a point in 22 of his last 28 games (1/5-3/6: 12g, 25a). Backstrom ranks third in the NHL in assists this season (46) and tied for fifth in points (67).

TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Holt-beast – Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.93) and shutouts (8) this season, ranks third in wins (34) and fifth in save percentage (.929). Holtby posted a 21-game point streak from Dec. 29 to March 4 (19-0-2), marking the third-longest point streak in franchise history, trailing Jose Theodore in 2009-10 (20-0-3) and himself last season (20-0-2). In addition, Holtby joined Pete Peeters (1979-80, 1982-83) as the only goalies in NHL history to post two single-season unbeaten streaks of 20 or more decisions. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native is one of four goaltenders to earn 30 wins in each of the last three seasons (Devan Dubnyk, Henrik Lundqvist, 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).

Shark Wranglers – Alex Ovechkin has registered 12 points (7g, 5a) in 15 career games against the Sharks and has earned five points in his last four games against San Jose (2g, 3a). Nicklas Backstrom has earned nine points (1g, 8a) in 11 career games against the Sharks and has tallied five assists in his last four games against San Jose (5a). Kevin Shattenkirk has earned 16 points (5g, 11a) in 20 career games against the Sharks, including eight points in his last seven games against San Jose (1g, 7a). Shattenkirk tied his career high with four points (1g, 3a) at San Jose on Jan. 3, 2015.

Sharp Shooters – T.J. Oshie has scored 25 goals on 110 shots this season and leads the NHL in shooting percentage (22.7%). In addition, Marcus Johansson ranks fourth in the NHL in shooting percentage (20.8%) and Brett Connolly ranks 11th (18.8%). The Capitals rank second in the NHL in shooting percentage (10.9%), trailing Minnesota (11.0%).

O From D – Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 56 of the team’s 65 games this season and have combined to register 143 points (20g, 123a). Washington has posted a 42-8-6 record this season in games when a defenseman records a point. The Capitals rank first in the NHL in assists by defensemen this season (123), third in even-strength points (111) and tied for fourth in points (143).

Killin’ It – The Capitals rank tied for fourth in the NHL in penalty kill percentage this season (85.0%) and have not allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive games (2/28-3/6: 16 for 16). Karl Alzner ranks fifth in the NHL in shorthanded time on ice (207:39) and Jay Beagle ranks first among forwards in shorthanded time on ice (187:49).

ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
Osh With the Most – T.J. Oshie scored his 25th goal of the season on Monday against Dallas and now sits one goal shy of tying his career high (26), set last season. Oshie is one of just 14 players in the NHL to score 25 goals in each of the last two seasons. He has earned nine points in his last seven games (2/9-3/6: 5g, 4a) and ranks second on the team in goals (Alex Ovechkin: 27).

Getting Defensive – Washington leads the NHL in goals against (134), goals against per game (2.06) and five-on-five goals against (84) this season and ranks fifth in shots against per game (27.8). The Capitals have allowed two goals or fewer in a League-leading 42 games this season and have posted a 34-2-6 record in those games.

Barry Good – Since Barry Trotz became head coach in 2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (145), points (316), goals against per game (2.29) and power-play percentage (23.0) and rank second in goals per game (3.04) and fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.7). In addition, Washington is 105-1-7 since 2014-15 when leading with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Another Gr8 Milestone – Alex Ovechkin has earned 25 points in his last 26 games (1/9-3/6: 9g, 16a). He ranks tied for third in the NHL in power-play goals (12) this season, tied for fourth in game-winning goals (7) and fourth in shots (240). In addition, he ranks tied for ninth among forwards in the NHL this season in hits (179).

Even Steven – The Capitals lead the NHL in 5-on-5 goals (149), goals against (84) and goal differential (+65) this season. Washington’s 5-on-5 goal differential is 26 goals higher than the next closest team (Minnesota: +39). 

On the Plus Side – Four Capitals rank in the top-10 in the NHL in plus/minus this season. Brooks Orpik ranks third in the NHL in plus/minus (32), Dmitry Orlov ranks fifth (30) and Karl Alzner and T.J. Oshie rank tied for 10th (25).

Dominating the Dot – Jay Beagle has won 504 of 883 faceoffs (57.1%) this season and ranks eighth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (min. 200 faceoffs). In addition, he ranks third in the League in shorthanded faceoff win percentage (57.1%).

On The Road Again – Washington has earned a point in 11 of its last 15 road games (9-4-2). The Capitals rank tied for third in the NHL in goals per game (3.03) on the road this season and third in goals against per game (2.48). In addition, Washington ranks tied for eighth in road wins (17). Evgeny Kuznetsov has earned 27 points (10g, 17a) in 31 road games this season and leads the team in points recorded on the road and Matt Niskanen ranks sixth among NHL defensemen in road points (22).

How The West Was Won – Washington has posted a 14-4-0 record against Western Conference opponents this season, including wins in nine of their last 11 games. The Capitals will play 10 of their next 12 games against Western Conference teams.

Great Goaltending – Braden Holtby earned his eighth shutout of the season on March 2 against New Jersey and the Capitals’ 11th shutout of the season (Philipp Grubauer: 3 SO), marking the most shutouts in a season in franchise history. Capitals goaltenders lead the NHL in goals-against average (2.04), save percentage (.926) and shutouts (11) this season. In addition, this season marks the third time in franchise history two goaltenders have recorded three or more shutouts, joining 1983-84 (Al Jensen: 4, Pat Riggin: 4) and 2011-12 (Tomas Vokoun: 4, Michal Neuvirth: 3).

MEDIA RESOURCES
The 2016-17 Washington Capitals media guide is available for download here.

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