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Caps Today, 10/3/17

October 3, 2017
The Capitals enter this season after capturing their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy, marking the seventh time in NHL history a team has won the Presidents’ Trophy in consecutive season. Washington posted a 55-19-8 record last season, marking the second-most wins and third-most points (118) in a season in franchise history. The Capitals recorded 55 wins in two straight seasons (2015-16: 56, 2016-17: 55), joining the Montreal Canadiens (1975-78) as the only teams in NHL history to win 55 or more games in consecutive seasons. Washington also earned 238 points in the last two seasons, marking the most points in two straight seasons since Montreal recorded 244 points from 1977-79. Since general manager Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz joined the Capitals in 2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (156) and points (339) during the regular season.

The Capitals begin the 2017-18 regular season on Thursday against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. This marks the first time Washington has faced Ottawa in their season-opening game. The Capitals hold a 44-36-5-5 all-time record against the Senators and an 18-23-1-3 record in games played in Ottawa. This season marks the ninth time since 2006-07 that Washington will open the season on the road.

The Washington Capitals will hold their annual media luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A team practice at 10:30 a.m. will precede the luncheon. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz, along with Capitals assistant coaches and players, will be available for individual interviews. 


Today, 8:45 a.m.: Jay Beagle on The Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan

Wednesday, 7 a.m. hour: John Walton on the Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan

Wednesday, 8 a.m.: Barry Trotz on the Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan

Wednesday, 8:15 a.m.: Braden Holtby on Elliot in the Morning, DC 101.1 FM

Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.: John Carlson on Chad Dukes vs. The World, 106.7 The Fan


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ’n Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 4, Blues 3

Washington Capitals: Holtby and Grubauer to Participate in October Saves Goalie Challenge / Capitals to Host Rock the Red Carpet on Opening Night Presented by GEICO

Washington Post: Capitals ‘struggling’ with final opening night roster decisions as deadline looms

NBC Sports Washington: NHL Power Rankings: Let the games begin

On Tap Online: Washington Capitals Focus On Youth As Key Veterans Depart

Sports Business Journal: Capitals’ newest skill? Amazon’s Alexa

Japer’s Rink: Tuesday Caps Clips: Decisions, Decisions


TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: NHL Tonight: Capitals Talk