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Caps Today, 12/8/17

December 8, 2017
The Capitals host the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena tonight in the first of four meetings between the teams this season. Washington is 100-90-18-6 all-time against New York and 54-40-9-4 all-time at home.

Tom Wilson is entering tonight’s game after registering his first career four-point game (2g, 2a) against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 6. Wilson now has two goals and seven assists in his last 12 games and 13 points (4g, 9a) through 24 games this season, on pace for his most productive offensive season since his 2015-16 (23 points, 7g, 16 a). Since joining the Capitals 2013-14 season, Wilson has 25 goals, 57 assists and 687 penalty minutes in 324 games. Additionally, Wilson has drawn 12 minor penalties this season, tied for the 14th-most in the NHL this season. Since the 2013-14 season, Wilson has drawn 153 minor penalties, the second-most in the NHL. Additionally, Wilson has drawn 2.36 minor penalties per 60 minutes of five-on-five play since 2013-14, which is the highest rate in the NHL among players with at least 150 games played since 2013-14.

This Day in Capitals History:

Dec. 8, 2007: Rookie Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists and Mike Green scored twice as the Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 at Phillips Arena. Additional info on the Caps history and behind-the-scenes stories can be found in '100 Things Capitals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die'


Great Eight - Alex Ovechkin registered a four point (1g, 3a) game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 6. That marked the 23rd time in his career that Ovechkin recorded four points in a game, the second-most in the NHL since the 2005-06 season. Additionally, Ovechkin recorded the game-winning goal in consecutive contests (Dec. 4 vs San Jose). The goal against Chicago marked the 98th such goal of his career, moving him into a tie with Bobby Hull and Guy Lafleur for ninth place on the NHL's all-time game-winning goal list. Ovechkin's 21 goals leads the NHL through games played Dec. 6. Ovechkin has scored 21 goals in the Caps' first 29 games of the season, tying his second-highest goal total through the Caps first 29 games of a season (2008-09: 21, 2013-14: 22). Ovechkin has a goal in three-straight games, tied with Brett Connolly for the longest current streak and has eight goals in his last seven games. Since the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin has scored 579 of the Capitals' 2,925 goals (19.8 percent). That's the highest percentage of a single teams goals scored over a 13 period in NHL history.

Quite the Stretch - Since November, the Capitals are 12-5-0, a stretch that is good for a 116-point pace over the course of a full regular season. The Capitals' 24 points since November rank as the second-most in the NHL and the most in the Eastern Conference through games played Dec. 6. At home since November, the Capitals are 10-2-0, and their 20 home points are the most in the NHL. Since Barry Trotz assumed the head coaching position in the 2014-15 season, the Capitals 95 home wins and 201 points rank first in the NHL.

Special Success - The Capitals have converted on four of their last 11 power plays (36.4 percent) over their last three games and have at least one power play goal in each of their last three games. The Capitals are 6-0-1 this season when they score multiple power play goals and 11-2-1 when they score at least one power play goal. T.J. Oshie leads the team in power play goals (7), while Alex Ovechkin leads the team in home power play goals (3). Additionally, the Capitals haven't given up a power play goal over their last five games and are 11-3-0 when they don't allow a power play goal. Over their last 10 games, the Capitals rank seventh in power play percentage (eight for 28, 28.6 percent) and 11th in penalty kill percentage (19 for 23, 82.6 percent).

Burky's Back - Andre Burakovsky is scheduled to return against the New York Rangers after missing the last 20 games with an upper body injury. This season, Burakovsky has a goal and three assists in nine games. Through his nine games, Burakovsky's 56.39 shot attempts percentage (128 for, 99 against) at five-on-five is the highest percentage on the team. Since 2014-15, Burakovsky's cumulative 53.67 shot attempts percentage (2,466 for, 2,129 against) at five-on-five ranks first among Capitals with at least 50 games played. In 205 career games with the Capitals, Burakovsky has 39 goals and 60 assists. Burakovsky is looking to become the 77th Capital in franchise history to record 100 points.

Ranger Danger – Alex Ovechkin has recorded 45 points (29g, 16a) in 48 career games against the Rangers and has scored a goal in five of his last eight games against New York (6g). In addition, Ovechkin has scored 22 career goals against Henrik Lundqvist, marking the most goals he has scored against a goaltender in his career. Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Capitals last year with six points (1g, 5a) in four games.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 6, Hawks 2 / Caps Have Friday Night Metro Date with Rangers

Washington Post: Caps forward Andre Burakovsky poised to play Friday after missing 20 games

Washington Times: Andre Burakovsky’s return pushes Capitals closer to whole

NBC Sports Washington: Game 30: Capitals vs. Rangers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Backstrom ends goal drought much to the delight of his teammates Burakovsky to return for Capitals against Rangers on Friday

Fox Sports: Streaking Caps, Rangers square off

Japer’s Rink: Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Rangers Game Day

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.)

Rangers Clips:

Blue Line Station: New York Rangers: The biggest challenges going forward

Blue Shirt Banter: Lacking of Coaching is Hurting Rangers’ Goaltender Development

CBS Sports: Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Patrolling crease Friday

New York Post: Lundqvist works out, feels ‘pretty close to back to normal’