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Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 3/14/17

March 14, 2017
The Capitals return to Verizon Center tonight and face the Minnesota Wild. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk are two of three goaltenders in the NHL this season to rank in the top-five in goals-against average, save percentage, wins and shutouts (Sergei Bobrovsky). In addition, Holtby and Dubnyk are two of four goaltenders to record 30 wins in each of the last three seasons (Henrik Lundqvist, Tuukka Rask). This season, Holtby has recorded more shutouts (8), posted a lower goals-against average (2.03), and a higher 5-on-5 save percentage (.937) than Dubnyk. Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average and shutouts this season, ranks third in wins (34) and fifth in save percentage (.926). Since 2012-13, Holtby leads the NHL in wins (169) and shutouts (28).

Media Notes
Karl Alzner joined The Sports Junkies today 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
Taming The Wild – Washington has won three consecutive games against Minnesota and five of its last six home games against the Wild (5-1-0). Alex Ovechkin has recorded 14 points (10g, 4a) in 10 career games against Minnesota. He has earned a point in eight consecutive games against the Wild (10g, 3a) and in nine of his 10 career games against Minnesota. Nicklas Backstrom has earned nine points (1g, 8a) in 10 career games against Minnesota and has recorded six assists in his last three games against the Wild. Braden Holtby is 5-2-0 in his career against Minnesota with one shutouts, a 2.28 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage and has won three consecutive games against the Wild.

Holt-beast – Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (2.03) and shutouts (8) this season, ranks third in wins (34) and fifth in save percentage (.926). 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 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).

Home Sweet Home – The Capitals have posted a 27-6-1 record at home this season and have earned a point in 20 of their last 22 home games (12/5-3/6: 19-2-1). Washington posted a franchise record 15-game home winning streak (1/1-3/4) and a franchise record 17-game home point streak (12/23-3/4: 16-0-1) this season. The Capitals’ 15-game home winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest in NHL history and Washington is just three wins shy of tying the franchise record for wins at home in a season (1985-86, 2009-10: 30). The Capitals lead the NHL in goals against per game (1.68) at home this season, rank tied for first in home wins and second in goals per game (3.44). Nicklas Backstrom leads the team and ranks third in the NHL with 42 points (13g, 29a) in 34 home games this season. Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.77) and shutouts (7) at home this season and ranks tied for first in wins (22) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.930).

Sharp Shooters – T.J. Oshie has scored 26 goals on 113 shots this season and leads the NHL in shooting percentage (23.0%). In addition, Marcus Johansson ranks tied for third in the NHL in shooting percentage (21.0%) and Brett Connolly ranks seventh (19.4%). The Capitals lead the NHL in shooting percentage (10.8%) this season.

Power Surge – The Capitals have scored 24 power-play goals in their last 29 games (1/9-3/12), posting a 28.2% power-play percentage during that span. Washington ranks seventh in the NHL in power-play percentage this season (21.3%) and has posted a 29-5-2 record in games when it scores a power-play goal. Since Jan. 1, the Capitals rank tied for first in the NHL in power-play goals (25). Nicklas Backstrom ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in power-play assists (20) and in power-play points (26) and Alex Ovechkin ranks tied for fourth in power-play goals (12). In addition, Kevin Shattenkirk ranks tied for second among defensemen in power-play goals (7), tied for third in power-play points (22) and tied for sixth in power-play assists (15).

Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump n' Chase:  Caps Back Home to Host Wild / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Ducks 5, Caps 2 /  Caps Go Oh-for-California
Monumental Sports Network: Barry Trotz Postgame 3/12/17 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 3/12/17 /
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Bruce Boudreau: 'It's Time' for Wild and Caps to Get Dialed In  / NHL Power Rankings: Caps Go Cold in California  / Caps' Burakovsky Takes Next Step in His Recovery Sunday  / Should Capitals Be Worried About Slump? Roenick Weighs In / Barry Trotz: 'This is Going to Make Us Better'  / Ovechkin Glad Slump Happening Now Rather Than in Playoffs  / Johansson: 'It's a Little Frustrating Right Now'
Washington Post: Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby and Devan Dubnyk shared a rocky road to the top of the NHL / Capitals Insider: Fourth down: Capitals now focus on rebounding from rare losing skid / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin’s goal drought reaches a career-long of 10 games
Associated Press: Conference-leading Capitals and Wild seek to hold their leads
NBC Sports: Goals Just ‘Aren’t Coming Easy’ for the Capitals Right Now / Things Have ‘Changed Quickly’ for the Capitals, Losers of Four Straight
SportsNet: My Hometown: Braden Holtby
TSN: Trotz on Caps' skid: This will make us better
Caps Radio: Caps Talk for Monday, March 13th
Japers’ Rink: Tuesday Caps Clips / Monday Caps Clips

MINNESOTA WILD CLIPS:
Fox Sports.com: Boudreau pulls Dubnyk, Wild lose to Blackhawks
Minneapolis Star Tribune:  Martin Hanzal expected to miss last two games of road trip / Wild loses to Chicago as Devan Dubnyk yanked in opening minutes / Wild's desired matchups don't happen because of Martin Hanzal's illness / Postgame: Hawks continue to show Wild who's boss
NBC Sports.com: Blackhawks Chase Devan Dubnyk After Just Five Minutes
NHL.com: Wild Warmup: Minnesota at WashingtonBruce Boudreau gets Wild back to workRink Report: Wild Seeks 'Full 60' Against Capitals / Postgame Hat Trick: Blackhawks 4, Wild 2
Reuters: Blackhawks record key win over Wild
St. Paul Pioneer Press:  Charlie Coyle showing some life. Wild hope it’s for real / Wild fall 4-2 to rival Blackhawks in final matchup of regular season / Wild: Martin Hanzal trade made necessary after Jonathan Toews five-point night

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