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Caps Today, 11/14/17

November 14, 2017
The Capitals take on the Nashville Predators tonight at Bridgestone Arena today in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. Last season, Washington went 0-1-1 against Nashville. The Capitals are 13-9-1-2 all-time against the Predators.

Braden Holtby was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week ending Nov. 12. Holtby went 3-0-0 with a 1.27 goals-against average and .952 save percentage and recorded three wins during the award-winning week. Holtby has won his last six starts and has recorded a 1.79 goals against average and a .944 save percentage during the stretch. In six career starts against the Nashville Predators, Holtby is 3-1-1.


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


Barry Good - Since Barry Trotz became head coach in 2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (166), points (360), goals against per game (2.35) and power-play percentage (23.0) and are tied for first in goals per game (3.02) and tied for sixth in penalty kill percentage (83.0). Trotz coached the Nashville Predators for their first 15 seasons of existence, making Trotz one of just six coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed a team's first 15 seasons of existence. Trotz ranks third among active coaches in wins (723) and third in games coached (1,460).

On the Prowl – The Capitals have won nine of their last 15 games against the Predators (9-4-2). Nicklas Backstrom has earned 15 points (4g, 11a) in 15 career games against Nashville and Alex Ovechkin has recorded 13 points (9g, 4a) in 15 games against the Predators. In addition, T.J. Oshie has recorded 21 points (12g, 9a) in 33 career games against Nashville, tied for the most goals Oshie has against a single franchise (Tampa Bay: 12). Evgeny Kuznetsov has tallied six points (1g, 5a) in seven games against the Predators.

Minute Man - John Carlson led the team with 29:17 of ice time against the Edmonton Oilers, the third-most ice time Carlson has skated this season and the third time Carlson has recorded at least 29 minutes of ice time in the last 10 games. Carlson has led the team in ice time in 16 of the 18 games this season and each of the last 10 games. Carlson's averaged 27:20 minutes per game, the highest average in the NHL this season and 4:36 minutes more per game than his average last season. This season, Carlson's 13 points (2g, 11a) are tied for ninth among NHL defensemen and are tied for third on the team.

Laying it on the Line - Brooks Orpik is tied for fifth in the NHL in blocked shots (44) and fourth in hits (50) among NHL defensemen through games played Nov. 12. Orpik has led or co-led the team in blocked shots in 12 separate games, led or co-led the team in hits in seven separate games this season and led the team in both respective categories in six games. Since Orpik entered the NHL in the 2002-03 season, Orpik ranks third in hits (2,649) and seventh in blocked shots (1,590).

A Central First - Tuesday's matchup against the Nashville Predators will mark the first time the Capitals have played a Central Division team this season. Last season, the Capitals were 11-2-1 against the Central Division. The Capitals' 23 points against the Central Division last season were the most by an Eastern Conference opponent. Over the last two seasons, the Capitals rank first in wins against the Central Division (20) and points (42) among Eastern Conference teams. Last season, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom co-led the team in points against the Central Division (Ovechkin: 11g, 7a; Backstrom: 3g, 15a), while Holtby recorded an 8-1-0 record, a 2.51 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 2, Oilers 1 (SO) / Caps Edge Oilers 2-1 in Shootout / Caps Head to Nashville to Face Predators

Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby Named NHL's "Third Star" of the Week / Capitals to Host Canned Food Drive Supported by Giant Nov. 18

Washington Post: Matt Niskanen’s impending return will reinvigorate and reconfigure Capitals’ blue line / Capitals Coach Barry Trotz envisions Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring 25 goals. But he needs to shoot.

NBC Sports Washington: Game 19: Capitals at Predators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Braden Holtby's recent dominance earns him NHL weekly honors / NHL Power Rankings: After difficult start, Caps look like they have hit their stride / 4 reasons why the Caps beat the Oilers / Tarik's three stars: Braden Holtby shines in an otherwise ugly game / Timeframe for Matt Niskanen's return comes into focus as Caps host Oilers Holtby makes 29 saves, Capitals defeat Oilers in shootout

AP: Oshie's shootout goal gives Capitals 2-1 win over Oilers

In Goal Magazine: Questions From Kids For the Pros - Braden Holtby

WNST: Caps Get Total Team Effort In Victory Over Pittsburgh / Braden Holtby Steals A Win For The Caps

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: #CapsFightCancer: Sarah Heilman / #CapsFightCancer: Carly Derose / Zucker earns first star of week (Braden Holtby mentioned) / Caps Postgame | November 12 / Caps 365 | November 12 / Barry Trotz Postgame November 12 / Stadium Series: Logo Reveal / Two-Man Advantage | November 12 / Barry Trotz Pregame | November 12

NBC Sports Washington: Jay Beagle explains John Carlson's faceoff beef with him

Predators Clips:

Fox Sports: Predators put streak on line vs. Capitals (Nov 14, 2017) 20th Season: Trotz Gave Preds Identity Young Franchise Needed

On the Forecheck: Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Let’s Hockey Some More!

Predlines: Nashville Predators: The luxury of having depth at the center position

Tennessean: Predators' Ryan Johansen trying to live up to team-record contract