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Caps Today, 11/12/ddd

November 12, 2017
The Capitals host the Edmonton Oilers at Capital One Arena today in the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Washington won the first matchup 5-2 on Oct. 28 at Rogers Place. The Capitals are 37-29-6-1 all-time against the Oilers and 6-2-1 over the last nine meetings.

With an assist against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 10, Alex Ovechkin is currently on a four-game point streak (3g, 1a). This season, Ovechkin's 19 points (13g, 6a) co-leads the Capitals (Evgeny Kuznetsov: 3g, 16a) and is tied for 14 th in the NHL. On Oct. 28 against Edmonton, Ovechkin recorded three assists. That marked the 12th time in Ovechkin's career that he recorded three or more assists in a game and the first time since his three assist effort against the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 2, 2014.


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

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


Draining Oil - Alex Ovechkin has registered 20 points (10g, 10a) in 15 career games against the Oilers. T.J. Oshie has earned 24 points (6g, 18a) in 27 career games against Edmonton, tied for his second-most points against an NHL franchise (Chicago: 29, Colorado: 24). Nicklas Backstrom has earned 11 points (5g, 6a) in 13 games against the Oilers. Evgeny Kuznetsov has seven points (5g, 2a) in seven career games against Edmonton.

Mr. 200 - Braden Holtby made 27 saves against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 10 to win his ninth game of the season (9-3-0) and his 200th career win. Holtby is the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history to reach 200 career wins (Ken Dryden: 311). Since the 2005-06 season, Holtby is the fastest goaltender to reach 200 career wins, besting Antti Niemi, the second-fastest goaltender to reach 200 wins since the 2005-06 season, by 37 games. Holtby has won each of his last five starts and has recorded a 1.98 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. In nine career games against the Edmonton Oilers, Holtby is 6-2-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.

Power is the Key - John Carlson and T.J. Oshie each scored power play goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 10. That marked the fourth time this season the Capitals scored multiple power-play goals in a game. The Capitals are 5-0-1 in games where they score on the power play. Washington has converted on 19.6 percent of their power plays this season, 13 th in the NHL. Since the 2003-04 season, the Capitals have scored on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities, ranking first in the NHL. This season, Oshie leads the team in power play goals with five, while Alex Ovechkin has recorded four.

O From the D - John Carlson recorded a goal and an assist against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 10, while Taylor Chorney recorded an assist. Capitals' defensemen have combined for 26 points this season, including 17 points over the last eight games (Carlson: 2g, 6a; Madison Bowey: 4a; Brooks Orpik: 2a; Chorney, 1g, 1a; Dmitry Orlov: 1a). Last season, Capitals defensemen combined to record 143 assists, the second-most assists in a season by Washington defensemen since 1994-95 (2014-15: 150). Washington finished second the NHL in assists by defensemen last season (143) and tied for fifth in points (172). Capitals defensemen earned a point in 70 of the team's 82 games last season and Washington posted a 52-12-6 record this season in games when a defenseman recorded a point.

Caps Connections - Taylor Chorney was drafted by the Oilers in the second round, 36th-overall, in the 2005 NHL draft. In 56 games with Edmonton, Chorney recorded seven points (1g, 6a) and scored his first career goal on Feb. 15, 2011 against the Dallas Stars. Chorney has three points (1g, 2a) in 13 games this season. Capitals associate coach Todd Reirden recorded five points (2g, 3a) in 17 games with Edmonton during the 1998-99 season and made his NHL debut with the Oilers on Jan. 7, 1999 at Arizona.

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TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Rinkside Update | Tyler Graovac / Faceoff: Kuznetsov vs. Orlov

NBC Sports Washington: Braden Holtby is not impressed by his own accomplishment

Oilers Clips:

AP: Rangers defeat Oilers 4-2, win 6th straight game

Edmonton Journal: Player grades: Coach Todd McLellan & most Edmonton Oilers fail the test in 4-2 loss to New York Rangers

Edmonton Sun: Inability to kill penalties hurts Edmonton Oilers against New York Rangers

Copper and Blue: Nash The Slash: Rangers 4, Oilers 2

Fox Sports: Oilers look to cap road trip with win against Capitals (Nov 12, 2017) Rangers defeat Oilers, win sixth straight game

Puck prose: Edmonton Oilers Should Regret Trading Jordan Eberle