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Caps Today, 12/4/17

December 4, 2017
The Capitals host the San Jose Sharks in their third game of their five-game homestand tonight at Capital One Arena. The game marks the first of two meetings between the teams this season.

Capitals rookie Travis Boyd is scheduled to make his NHL debut tonight against the Sharks. Washington recalled Boyd from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Dec. 3 where he recorded 20 points (3g, 17a) in 23 games this season. In addition, Boyd registered eight multi-point games, including three straight from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3. The Hopkins, Minn., native's 11 power play assists rank second in the AHL this season. Additionally, Boyd holds the distinction of playing in 176-straight regular season games since April 18, 2015. Including the playoffs, Boyd has participated in 208-straight games for the Bears. Boyd's iron man streak is the longest active streak in the AHL.


Tuesday, 8:15 a.m.: Madison Bowey on Elliot in the Morning, DC101

Tuesday, 8:40 a.m.: Matt Niskanen on 105.7 The Fan

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

Wednesday, 8 a.m.: Barry Trotz 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


Great 8 - Alex Ovechkin recorded his NHL-leading 19th goal of the season on a power play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 2. That marked Ovechkin's 218th career power play goal, which passed Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr for 10th place on the NHL's alltime power play goals list. Additionally, Ovechkin tied Mark Recchi (577) for 20th place on the all-time goals list. Ovechkin is one of two players in the top 21 goal scorers on the all-time goals list with fewer than 1,000 career games played (Mario Lemieux, who ranks 10th, tallied 690 goals in 915 games. Ovechkin has 577 goals in 948 games). Ovechkin is one of three players in NHL history with at least seven 50-goal seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky (9) and Mike Bossy (9) and is on pace to record his eighth 50-goal season. Since entering the NHL in the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (577), points (1,061), power play goals (218), game-winning goals (96), overtime goals (20, the NHL all-time record) and shots (4,666).

Holtbeast - Since entering the league in 2010-11, Holtby co-leads NHL goaltenders in save percentage at home (0.927 percentage, tied with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens) and is tied for 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 .933 save percentage this season ranks third among NHL goaltenders with at least 15 games played. This season, Holtby is 14-6-0 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Holtby owns a 110-39-13 record at Capital One Arena in his career.

Nisky's Presence- Matt Niskanen recorded an assist and co-led the team with four shots on goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 2, the second time in a row Niskanen has led or co-led the Capitals in shots on goal. It also marked the seventh time this season a defenseman led or co-led the team in shots on goal. Additionally, Niskanen led the team with five hits and time on ice (24:55). That marked the second time this season Niskanen has led or co-led the team in hits and the second time in the last four games he has led the team in ice time.

Kuz-Control - Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 2, his third goal in his last two games. Kuznetsov leads the team with 29 points (9g, 20a) points this season and is tied for 12th in the NHL in points through Dec. 2. Additionally, Kuznetsov's 20 assists are tied for eighth in the NHL through Dec. 2. Over the last three seasons, Kuznetsov's 117 assists rank seventh in the NHL, while his 165 points (38g, 117a) is tied for 17th in the NHL, tied with New York Islanders forward Jonathan Tavares.

Shark Wranglers – Alex Ovechkin has registered 12 points (7g, 5a) in 16 career games against the Sharks and has earned five points in his last five games against San Jose (2g, 3a). Nicklas Backstrom has earned nine points (1g, 8a) in 12 career games against the Sharks and has tallied five assists in his last five games against San Jose. T.J. Oshie has earned 12 points (6g, 6a) in 24 career games against the Sharks.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Hold Off Jackets, 4-3 / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 4, Jackets 3 / Caps Host Sharks in Middle Match of Homestand

Washington Post: Capitals put it all together to beat Columbus, 4-3 / The Capitals are tired of Brooks Orpik being an advanced-stats punching bag / Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom is well aware of his long goal drought

NBC Sports Washington: NHL Power Rankings: Line changes fueling Caps' recent surge / Game 28: Capitals vs. Sharks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Kuznetsov uses trickery on the power play to steal the puck and set up a crucial goal / 4 reasons why the Caps beat the Blue Jackets / Tarik's Three Stars: Ovechkin making moves as Caps clip Columbus, 4-3 / Andre Burakovsky scrimmages at Kettler as he inches closer to a return Ovechkin, Capitals top Blue Jackets

AP: Capitals continue success vs. Bobrovsky, beat Blue Jackets

Fox Sports: Capitals continue rugged stretch vs. Sharks (Dec 04, 2017)

Vice Sports: Alex Ovechkin Is Great at Hockey Again

WNST: Holtby and Kuznetsov Help Caps Squeak by Columbus

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Postgame Locker Room | 12/2 / Caps 365 | December 2 / Barry Trotz Postgame | December 2 / Faceoff | Guess Who | Ovi v Nicky / Mascot Night Introduction / Two-Man Advantage | December 2 / Rinkside Update | Dmitry Orlov / Barry Trotz Pregame | December 2 / Caps Pregame Locker Room | Dec. 2

NBC Sports Washington: Brett Connolly talks Caps' high expectations

Sharks Clips:

AP: Sharks' Thornton fined for slashing Lightning's Johnson / Johnson has 2 goals, Lightning beat Sharks 5-2

Fear the Fin: Joe Thornton fined for slash on Tyler Johnson / Quick Bites: Lightning expose Sharks’ weaknesses

NBC Bay Area: Injuries Showing Limits of Sharks' Organizational Depth

San Jose Mercury News: Joe Thornton disciplined for slash on Lightning’s Johnson