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Caps Today, 11/30/17

November 30, 2017
The Capitals face the Los Angeles Kings at Capital One Arena tonight in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals are 3-1-1 in their last five home games against the Kings, have earned a point in their last four, and won three straight at home against Los Angeles.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Capitals are 7-1-0 at home in the month of November and are one home win shy of posting the second-most home wins in a calendar month in team history. The Caps are also one home win away from tying the record for most home wins in November in team history (8). The Capitals seven home wins so far in November are the most in the NHL.


Great 8 - Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 25. That marked his third hat trick of the season and his 20th career hat trick, passing Peter Bondra for the most career hat tricks in franchise history. Ovechkin also passed Mike Bossy (573) to move into 21st place on the NHL's all-time goals scored list. Ovechkin has 13 even-strength goals in 25 games this year after scoring 16 last season. Ovechkin has recorded 13 points (5g, 8a) in 15 career games against the Los Angeles Kings. This season, Ovechkin leads the NHL with 18 goals and is on pace for his eighth career 50-goal season. Ovechkin is one of three players in NHL history with at least seven 50-goal seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky (9) and Mike Bossy (9). Since entering the NHL in the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (576), points (1,060), power play goals (217), game-winning goals (96), overtime goals (20, the NHL all-time record) and shots (4,658).

Dynamic Duo - Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin were reunited as linemates against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the third straight game the two were paired on a line this season. Since re-joining, Ovechkin has five goals, with Backstrom recording an assist on four of the five, including two on Nov. 25 at Toronto. The most recent goal marked the 222nd time Backstrom assisted on an Ovechkin goal since Backstrom joined the NHL in the 2007-08  season. Backstrom has assisted on 38.54 percent of Ovechkin's total goals and 46.44 percent of Ovechkin's goals scored since 2007-08.

Sweet Nicky - Nicklas Backstrom has recorded four assists in his last three games. Since entering the NHL in the 2007-08 season, Backstrom has 556 assists, the third-most assists during that span (Joe Thornton: 566, Henrik Sedin: 561). Backstrom has recorded at least 60 assists in five seasons and is one of just 26 players all-time to reach the milestone five times, and one of just four active players to achieve the milestone as many times (Thornton, Sedin, Jagr). Over the last three seasons, Backstrom's 18 three-point games are third in the NHL (Patrick Kane: 21, Connor McDavid: 19). Among players drafted in 2006, Backstrom ranks first in assists and points (747). Backstrom is one game shy of passing Mike Gartner (758) for the seventh-most games played in Capitals history.

Osh-Babe - T.J. Oshie posted his seventh career three-assist game against Toronto on Nov. 25. Oshie has recorded three, three-point games this season and six multi-point games. He's also recorded four multi-point games in the last seven contests. Oshie's 12 points (4g, 8a) in November are the most on the Capitals. With his 0.88 point-per-game average through the Capitals first 25 games, Oshie is on pace to post a career high for points in a season with 72 points. Oshie has scored seven power-play goals in 2017-18, which is tied for the most in the NHL with three other players (Filip Forsberg, Steven Stamkos, Sean Monahan). Since joining the Capitals in 201516, Oshie ranks 10th in the NHL in power-play goals with 25. Over the last two seasons, Oshie leads the NHL in shooting percentage (23.0) among players who have played at least 25 games.

Holtbeast - Braden Holtby is scheduled to make his 169th career home start tonight against Los Angeles. Since entering the league in 2010-11, Holtby ranks first among NHL goaltenders in save percentage at home (0.927) and third in goals against average (2.13) among goalies with at least 100 starts on home ice. Additionally, Holtby’s .842 save percentage in high-danger areas at five-onfive ranks fifth among NHL goaltenders with at least 15 games played this season. This season, Holtby is 13-5-0 with a 2.59 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. In his last four starts, Holtby has a 2.27 goals against average and a 0.931 save percentage. Holtby owns a 109-38-13 record at Capital One Arena in his career, and is 7-3-0 this season.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Clash with Kings at Capital One

Washington Post: The Capitals pulled back their reeling season, but how good can they really be?

NBC Sports Washington: The goalie saga in Pittsburgh shows why trading Grubauer may not be such a good idea / Game 26: Capitals vs. Kings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Arena Digest: Capital One Arena at 20

CBS Sports: Capitals' Lars Eller: Back in U.S.

WJLA: Washington Caps release 2018 Canine Calendars with proceeds going to animal rescue / The Capitals show their softer side

Japer’s Rink: Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Kings Game Day

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: The Week Ahead | November 29 / Barry Trotz | November 29 / Brooks Orpik | November 29 / Rinkside Update | Matt Niskanen

NBC Sports Washington: The Barry Trotz special

News Channel 8: On the 2018 Caps Canine Calendar (11 a.m.) / On the 2018 Caps Canine Calendar (2 p.m.) / On the 2018 Caps Canine Calendar (4 p.m.) / On the 2018 Caps Canine Calendar (1 p.m.) / On the 2018 Caps Canine Calendar (11 a.m.)

NHL Now: nhl now-caps canine calendar -2017-11-29

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Caps Canine Calendar (5 a.m.) / On the Caps Canine Calendar (6 a.m.) /   Interview with Tom Wilson on the 2018 Capitals Canine Calendar (8 a.m.) / Interview with Tom Wilson on the 2018 Capitals Canine Calendar (9 a.m.) / On Jay Beagle Participating in Show Your Soft Side (5 p.m.)

Kings Clips:

AP: Kopitar, Kings aim to continue ascent vs. Capitals (Nov 30, 2017)

Jewels From the Crown: LA Kings @ Detroit Red Wings Game 25 Recap: Pizza Night in the Motor City


LA Times: What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 win over the Red Wings

USA Today: Kings take page from NFL to increase scoring with offensive coordinator Pierre Turgeon