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Caps Today, 12/2/17

December 2, 2017
The Capitals face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena tonight in the first of four meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals are 3-1-1 in their last five home games against the Blue Jackets and hold a 10-2-1-2 record all-time at Capital One Arena against Columbus.

Against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 30, the Jakub Vrana-Evgeny Kuznetsov-T.J. Oshie line scored two goals while primarily playing against Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin. Vrana and Oshie both finished with 16 on-ice shot attempts at five-on-five against Doughty, while only allowing three (84.2 shot attempts percentage), while Kuznetsov finished with 15 for and 3 against (83.3 percent). In total, the trio led the Capitals in on-ice shot attempt percentage at five-on-five against the Kings (Vrana: 28 for, 4 against, 87.5 percent; Oshie and Kuznetsov: 26 for, 5 against, 83.87 percent). Vrana, Kuznetsov and Oshie have played 50:33 minutes of five-on-five play this season and have 60 shot attempts for and 33 against (64.5 shot attempts percentage). Additionally, the trio has produced five total goals during five-on-five play and have only allowed one as a line this season.

TOP GAME NOTES

Sc-Orlov - Dmitry Orlov has recorded four points in his last six games (1g, 3a), including an assist against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 30. Orlov's most recent assist marked his seventh point of the season (2g, 5a) and his 100 th-career NHL point. Orlov became the 17 th defenseman in Capitals history to reach the 100-point milestone. Since joining the team in the 2011-12 season, Orlov's 100 points ranks fourth among Capitals defensemen. This season, the Capitals are 6-1-0 when Orlov records a point. Orlov's 474 on-ice shot attempts at five-on-five this season ranks first, while his 51.75 shot attempts percentage ranks second among Capitals' defensemen.

Kuz-Control - Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals, his seventh and eighth of the season, against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 30. Kuznetsov's two-goal effort marked his second multi-goal game of the season and the eighth time he has recorded at least two points in a game this year. Kuznetsov leads the team with 28 (8g, 20a) points this season and is tied for 13 th in the NHL in points through Nov. 30. Additionally, Kuznetsov's 20 assists are tied for seventh in the NHL through Nov. 30. Over the last three seasons, Kuznetsov's 43 multi- point games are tied for first on the Capitals (Nicklas Backstrom) and are tied for 11 th in the NHL.

Blue Jacket Bullies – The Capitals have earned a point in nine of their last 10 games against the Blue Jackets (7-1-2) and in 18 of their last 22 games against Columbus (14-4-4). In addition, Washington has earned a point in four of their last five games at Capital One Arena (3-1-1). Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals last season with five points (2g, 3a) in five games against Columbus last season.

Dynamic Duo - Since Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have re-joined together as linemates on Nov. 22, Ovechkin has five goals, with Backstrom recording an assist on four of the five. Backstrom has assisted on 38.54 percent of Ovechkin's total goals and 46.44 percent of Ovechkin's goals scored since 2007-08.

Holtbeast - 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 (2.14) among goalies with at least 100 starts on home ice. Additionally, Holtby’s .936 save percentage at even strength since 2010-11 ranks first, while his .932 save percentage this season ranks fifth among NHL goaltenders with at least 15 games played. This season, Holtby is 13-6-0 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. In his last five starts, Holtby is 3-2-0 and has a 2.43 goals against average and a 0.922 save percentage. Holtby owns a 109-39-13 record at Capital One Arena in his career. Against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Holtby is 11-3-2 with a 2.49 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps are Waiting For Columbus / Postgame Notebook: Kings 5, Caps 2

Washington Post: Aussie forward Nathan Walker claimed off waivers by Edmonton Oilers / The Capitals’ fourth line has been a revolving door, and center Jay Beagle has struggled to get traction

Washington Times: Edmonton Oilers claim Nathan Walker

NBC Sports Washington: Oilers swipe Nathan Walker off waivers from Caps / Game 27: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

NHL.com: Oilers claim Walker

Global News: Edmonton Oilers claim Nathan Walker off waivers

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Barry Trotz | December 1 / Caps Kids Club Thanksgiving Treat / Capitals Report | December 1

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On the 2018 Caps Canine Calendar (9 a.m.)

Blue Jackets Clips:

AP: Anderson scores late in 3rd to lift Blue Jackets over Ducks 4-2

CBS Sports: Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray: Ruled out for two games

Fansided: Columbus Blue Jackets: Two Defensemen on the Power Play?

LA Times: Ducks give up two goals in third period and lose 4-2 to Blue Jackets

Reuters: Anderson goal lifts Blue Jackets past Ducks

The Cannon: Recap: Duck Hunt

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