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Caps Today, 4/12/17

April 12, 2017
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is making his ninth career playoff appearance. He has registered 82 points (41g, 41a) in 84 career playoff games and ranks first in franchise history in playoff points and goals, ranks tied for first in power-play goals (13) and tied for fifth in assists. In addition, Ovechkin ranks tied for fourth among active NHL players (min. 20 games played) in career playoff goals per game (0.49) and playoff points per game (0.98). In 18 career games when his team has faced elimination, Ovechkin has registered 19 points (9g, 10a).

Media Notes
Braden Holtby joined WTOP 103.5 FM today at 8:20 a.m.

Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump n’ Chase: Western Conference Playoff Thumbnails
Monumental Sports Network: Alex Ovechkin 4/11/17 / Nicklas Backstrom 4/11/17 / Barry Trotz 4/11/17 / Rinkside Update: Jay Beagle 4/11/17 / Caps Locker Room 4/11/17 / ALL CAPS 4/11/17
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Maple Leafs Get Mixed News Regarding Injuries to Key Players Ahead of Game 1 / 2017 NHL Playoff Preview: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 1 Time, TV Channel, Lines  / John Carlson’s Status for Game One Remains TBD / Alex Ovechkin is Prepared to Adjust His Game for the PlayoffsTom Wilson Prepares for the Distraction of Playing Against His Hometown Team / Kevin Shattenkirk Knows Team Mentality in the Right Place / Prediction Recap: A Look Back at Capitals Pre-Season Predictions / Trotz: Caps’ Focus, Attitude Vital to Playoff Success / Williams: We Still Have to Prove We’re a Championship Team / Niskanen: Playoff Series Coming Down to ‘Who Plays the Best’ / John Carlson Won’t Say if He’ll be Healthy for Caps’ Game 1 / Tom Wilson Talks Maple leafs Series, Facing Hometown Team / Shattenkirk on Playoff Stress, Long-Term Plans with Team / Carlson Won’t Let Health be an Issue Heading Into Playoffs / Are Caps Focused on Taking Leafs in Less Than Five Games? / Karl Alzner on the Young and Talented Maple Leafs Team / Alzner: ‘Our Guys are Focused’ this Year
Washington Post: At Verizon Center, four teams, three playing surfaces, two playoffs and one busy crew / Safety in net: Braden Holtby brings stability where Capitals once had uncertainty / DC Sports Bog: Mike Milbury’s NBC colleagues agree it’s the Capitals’ year to win the Stanley Cup / Capitals Insider: Here’s the Capitals’ projected playoff lineup (and some alternate ones) / Capitals Insider: John Carlson’s status remains unclear for Capitals’ playoff opener
Washington Times: Upstart Leafs look a lot like Capitals of years past / LOVERRO: This year a referendum on Capitals’ heart / Capitals could see familiar foes stand in their way of playoff run Capitals vs. Maple Leafs key statistics / John Carlson not definite for Capitals in Game 1 / Capitals won't discount Maple Leafs youth
Associated Press: With workload down for Ovechkin, Caps primed for playoffs / Capitals favored to come out of East, but it won't be easy
CBS Baltimore: Capitals’ Tom Wilson Talks NHL Playoffs And Rule Changes
CBS DC: If Caps Don’t Sweep Toronto, Verizon Center will have a Chris Brown Conflict / Shattenkirk to Caps fans: It’s Time to Think ‘Why not?’
ESPN: Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid feeling heat of Stanley Cup playoffs spotlight / Trust the data: Why the Capitals are the favorite to win the Stanley Cup / Stanley Cup playoffs turn the intensity level up to 11
FOX Business: NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks, Capitals are Stanley Cup Favorites
FOX Sports: Ranking the NHL’s opening-round playoff series based on watchability
NBC 4: Washington Capitals Feeling 'No Pressure' About Upcoming Playoff Games
Sporting News: 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs: Picking a winner for each Eastern Conference series
The Guardian: The Stanley Cup contenders, ranked: red-hot Capitals can go all the way
TSN: Ice Chips: Caps' Carlson skates at practice / True Grit: 16 players built for the playoffs
USA Today: NHL playoffs 2017: Stanley Cup predictions / NHL playoff power rankings: Who are the Stanley Cup favorites?
Japers’ Rink: Wednesday Caps Clips

CBC:  Doug Gilmour has some playoff advice for the Leafs
Globe and Mail:  Leafs optimistic that Andersen, Zaitsev and Polak will play Game 1
NBC Sports:  Credit Leafs’ (slightly) older players for playoff run, too
NHL:  Leafs Look Forward to Playoff Challenge
National Post:  ‘It’s a new season’: Brian Boyle can atone for slow start with Toronto Maple Leafs on hockey’s biggest stage
Toronto Star:  Leafs’ veterans relive their first games for playoff newcomers /  Maple Leafs are underdogs, and that's OK, says Babcock /  Good news for Maple Leafs as Andersen optimistic he’ll be back for Game 1 /  Lucky Leafs can't lose against Capitals: Cox
Toronto Sun: Capitals not looking past Maple Leafs / Andersen's status for Game 1 still up in the air /  NHL playoffs represents new start for Maple Leafs' Boyle, othersMaple Leafs' Matthews showing no fear ahead of first playoff gamesMaple Leafs' Andersen 'to be ready' for Game 1 against Capitals
TSN:  Leafs' experience starts with Babcock and the 'pucker factor'Line-by-line: Canadian teams in the first round / Andersen participates in Leafs practice