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Caps Today, 12/10/17

December 10, 2017
The Capitals return to the ice tomorrow night against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center.  Over the last 10 games, the Capitals are 8-2-0, one of three teams with eight wins in their last 10 efforts (Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings). During the stretch, which began Nov. 18, the Capitals have 36 goals for and 23 against, which ranks seventh and fifth, respectively, in the NHL. Additionally, the Capitals have converted on eight of their 32 power play opportunities (25 percent) and have killed 22 of their last 26 penalties (84.6 percent).The Capitals have scored at least four goals in three straight games and five times over their last 10 games. 

During that stretch, Alex Ovechkin has led the team with eight goals and 14 points, while Nicklas Backstrom has nine assists and 11 points. Since Nov. 18, the Capitals have nine players that are averaging at least a point every two games, including three defensemen (Dmitry Orlov: 1g, 6a; John Carlson: 6a; Matt Niskanen: 1g, 5a) and four players averaging at least a point per game (Ovechkin, Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov: 6g, 4a; T.J. Oshie: 1g, 7a in eight games).

This Day in Capitals History:

Dec. 10, 2013: Alex Ovechkin recorded his third career 4-goal game as the Capitals rallied from a 3-0 deficit and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in a shootout. Ovechkin also passed Peter Bondra with his franchise-record 138 th career power play goal. Nicklas Backstrom matched his career-high with five points (1 goal and 4 assists). 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'

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Overcome Rangers, 4-2 / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 4, Rangers 2

Washington Post: Capitals have climbed atop Metropolitan Division less than a month after hitting a low

NBC Sports Washington: 3 stars of the game: Matt Niskanen's heroics lift Caps over Rangers / What the heck was Matt Niskanen doing so far up on his game-winning goal? / 3 reasons why the Caps beat the Rangers Capitals defeat Rangers with two late goals

AP: Niskanen helps Capitals to 4th consecutive win

Newsday: Rangers rally from two-goal deficit but fall to Capitals

New York Daily News: Pair of late third-period goals sink Rangers in 4-2 loss

New York Post: Rangers can’t overcome slow start in loss to Capitals

International Ice Hockey Federation: Kuznetsov on the rise

WNST: Tom Wilson’s Late Game Eruption Leads The Caps Over The Rangers


TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Faceoff | Hungry Hungry Hippos / Caps Postgame Locker Room | 12/8 / Caps 365 | December 8 / Barry Trotz Postgame | December 8 / Show Your Soft Side | Jay & Matt / Two-Man Advantage | December 8 / Family-to-Family Walmart Shopping

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Caps Care Toy Drive (5 a.m.) / On the Caps Care Toy Drive (6 a.m.) / On the Caps Care Toy Drive (7 a.m.)