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Game Notes at Los Angeles, 3/11/17

March 10, 2017
LAST GAME
San Jose 4, Washington 2
March 9, 2017 * SAP Center * San Jose, California
Washington Goals: Daniel Winnik, Brett Connolly
Shots: WSH: 27; SJ: 24
Power Plays: WSH: 0-5; SJ: 2-5
Three Stars: 1. Burns (SJ), 2. Couture (SJ), 3. Thornton (SJ)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 7: Re-assigned Paul Carey to Hershey (AHL)
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 11 games (2/11-3/9)
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 continue their three-game road trip on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. The game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season.

UPCOMING GAMES
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
TV
AUDIO
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
March 18
at Tampa Bay
7 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
* All times are Eastern

NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Here to Assist – Kevin Shattenkirk earned an assist on Thursday at San Jose, extending his assist streak to three games (3/4-3/9: 3a). In addition, Shattenkirk’s assist marked his 45th point of the season (11g, 34a), tying his career high (2013-14: 45). He also sits two assists shy of tying his career high in assists in a season (2014-15: 36). The New Rochelle, N.Y., native ranks tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in points this season (45), eighth in assists (34) and tied for eighth in goals (11). Shattenkirk is one of just five defensemen to rank in the top-10 in the League in goals, assists and points, joining Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Justin Schultz and Victor Hedman. He also ranks tied for second among defensemen in power-play goals (7), tied for third in power-play points (21) and tied for seventh in power-play assists (14).

TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
I Love LA – The Capitals have earned a point in three consecutive games against the Kings and in four of their last five games against Los Angeles (3-1-1). Alex Ovechkin has registered 13 points (5g, 8a) in 14 career games against the Kings and has earned seven points in his last six games against Los Angeles (3g, 4a). Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded a point in each of his seven career games against the Kings (2g, 5a).

Finding A Rhythm – The Capitals are 30-3-2 this season in games when they have one day of rest and will play 44 games this season with one day of rest.

Feelin’ Grubi – Philipp Grubauer has won seven of his last 11 starts and earned a point in 10 of his last 14 games (8-4-2). Grubauer has posted a 10-5-2 record this season with three shutouts, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. The Rosenheim, Germany, native ranks fourth in the NHL in goals-against average and tied for sixth in save percentage this season (min. 15 GP). Grubauer is just the 11th goaltender in franchise history to record three or more shutouts in a season and is the first Capitals goaltender other than Braden Holtby to post three or more shutouts in a season since Tomas Vokoun (4) and Michal Neuvirth (3) during the 2011-12 season.

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 tallied 20 points in his last 17 games (1/31-3/9: 8g, 12a) and recorded a point in 22 of his last 29 games (1/5-3/9: 12g, 25a). Backstrom ranks second in the NHL in assists this season (46) and tied for seventh in points (67).

Holt-beast – Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.97) and shutouts (8) this season, ranks third in wins (34) and fifth in save percentage (.928). 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).

ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
O From D – Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 57 of the team’s 66 games this season and have combined to register 144 points (20g, 124a). Washington has posted a 42-9-6 record this season in games when a defenseman records a point. The Capitals rank first in the NHL in assists by defensemen this season (124), third in even-strength points (112) and fourth in points (144).

Even Steven – The Capitals lead the NHL in 5-on-5 goals (151), goals against (86) and goal differential (+65) this season. Washington’s 5-on-5 goal differential is 29 goals higher than the next closest team (Minnesota: +36). 

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 (2.30) and power-play percentage (22.9) and rank second in goals per game (3.03) and tied for fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.5). 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 27 games (1/9-3/9: 9g, 16a). He ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in power-play goals (12), game-winning goals (7) and shots (242) this season. In addition, he ranks tied for ninth among forwards in the NHL this season in hits (181) and sits two power-play points shy of 400 career power-play points.

Last We Met – The Capitals defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-0 on Feb. 5 at Verizon Center in the teams’ last meeting. Five different Capitals scored in the game (Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, Marcus Johansson, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams) and Connolly (1g, 1a) and Johansson (1g, 1a) recorded multi-point games. Philipp Grubauer stopped all 38 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season

How The West Was Won – Washington has posted a 14-5-0 record against Western Conference opponents this season, including wins in nine of their last 12 games. The Capitals will play nine of their next 11 games against Western Conference teams.

On The Road Again – Washington has earned a point in 11 of its last 16 road games (9-5-2). The Capitals rank fifth in the NHL in goals per game (3.00) on the road this season and fourth in goals against per game (2.53). In addition, Washington ranks tied for 10th in road wins (17). Evgeny Kuznetsov has earned 27 points (10g, 17a) in 32 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).

Sharp Shooters – T.J. Oshie has scored 25 goals on 112 shots this season and leads the NHL in shooting percentage (22.3%). In addition, Marcus Johansson ranks fifth in the NHL in shooting percentage (20.8%) and Brett Connolly ranks seventh (20.0%). The Capitals lead the NHL in shooting percentage (10.8%) this season.

Dominating the Dot – Jay Beagle has won 511 of 897 faceoffs (57.0%) this season and ranks tied for eighth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (min. 200 faceoffs). In addition, he ranks third in the League in shorthanded faceoff win percentage (56.6%).

On the Plus Side – Three Capitals rank in the top-10 in the NHL in plus/minus this season. Brooks Orpik ranks tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus (32), Dmitry Orlov ranks tied for fifth (29) and Karl Alzner ranks tied for 10th (24).

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 (2.07), save percentage (.925) 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).

Caps Connections – Justin Williams registered 266 points (103g, 163a) in 427 games with the Kings from 2008-15. Williams won two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles (2012, 2014) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014.

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

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