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Caps Today, 12/11/17

December 11, 2017
The Capitals take on the New York Islanders at Barclays Center tonight  in the second of four meetings between the teams this season. Washington won the first matchup 4-3 on Nov. 2. The Capitals are 105-87-13-6 all-time against the Islanders and 11-4-3 over the last 18 meetings.

Jay Beagle scored the game's opening goal against the New York Rangers on Dec. 8 just 14 seconds into the game, the fastest opening goal for the Capitals this season (previous: Alex Ovechkin, Oct. 7 versus the Montreal Canadiens, 20 seconds). The franchise record for the fastest opening goal is eight seconds, set by Gaetan Duchesne on March 14, 1987 versus the St. Louis Blues and Alex Semin on Nov. 11, 2009 versus the New York Islanders. The Capitals have scored the game's first goal 15 times this season and are 12-2-1 in games where they score first. Beagle's goal was his fourth of the season. The Capitals are 4-0-0 this year and 38-1-5 all time when Beagle scores a goal.


Tuesday, 9:40 a.m.: Jay Beagle 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

This Day in Capitals History:

Dec. 11, 2016: Alex Ovechkin became the 19 th player in NHL history to record 200 career power-play goals – and the 5 th to do so with one franchise – as the Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 at Verizon Center. Ovechkin finished with a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 20 saves for his 25 th career NHL shutout. 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 recorded an assist against the New York Rangers on Dec. 8, marking his fourth-straight game with a point (3g, 5a). Ovechkin's 33 points lead the team and are tied for the 12th-most in the NHL through games played Dec. 9. Additionally, Ovechkin's 21 goals leads the NHL through games played Dec. 9. Since the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin has scored 579 of the Capitals' 2,929 goals (19.8 percent). That's the highest percentage of a single teams goals scored over a 13 period in NHL history.

Holtbeast - Over his last five starts, Holtby is 4-1-0 and has stopped 64 of the last 68 shots he's faced (.941 save percentage). This season, Holtby is 16-6-0 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Holtby's .933 save percentage at even strength is tied for the fourth-highest save percentage this season among goaltenders with at least 20 games played through Dec. 9.

Power Forward - Tom Wilson recorded a primary assist on the game winning goal against the New York Rangers on Dec. 8 and recorded a goal of his own. Wilson now has three goals and eight assists in his last 13 games and 15 points (5g, 10a) through 25 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 26 goals, 58 assists and 687 penalty minutes in 325 games. Additionally, Wilson has drawn 12 minor penalties this season, tied for the 15th-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 2.35 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.

Islander Annihilators - The Capitals have earned a point in 12 of their last 15 games against the Islanders (9-3-3) and have won three of their last five away games against New York (3-2-0). Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 34 points (9g, 25a) in 37 career games against the Islanders, including 13 points in his last 14 games against New York (3g, 10a). Evgeny Kuznetsov has earned nine points (3g, 6a) in 15 career games against the Islanders. Braden Holtby has posted a 13-3-3 record in 19 career games against New York with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

No Man Is An Island – Alex Ovechkin has tallied 50 points (34g, 16a) in 47 career games against the Islanders, including 15 points (12g, 3a) in his last 15 games against New York. Ovechkin is one of only three active players to score 30 or more career goals against the Islanders (Jaromir Jagr: 61, Sidney Crosby: 32). Ovechkin has also registered eight multi-goal games against the Islanders in his career, tying him with Crosby for the second-most multi-goal games against New York among active players (Jagr: 12). In addition, Ovechkin's eight multi-goal games against the Islanders is the third-most he's recorded against one team (Winnipeg: 11, Tampa Bay: 9). Ovechkin’s nine game-winning goals against the Islanders is tied for the most he has scored against an NHL franchise (Winnipeg: 9).

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Head to Brooklyn to Face Isles

Washington Post: T.J. Oshie skates, but will miss third straight game with ‘upper-body’ injury / Caps tell rookies to get an apartment but don’t get too comfortable

Washington Times: Confident Capitals, winners of 8 of 10, climb division

NBC Sports Washington: Oshie skates but will not travel to Brooklyn with the Caps

CBS Sports: Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Takes spin Sunday

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Rinkside Update | Burakovsky

Islanders Clips:

AP: Islanders offense stymied in loss to Bruins

Eyes on Isles: New York Islanders 2018 NHL Trade Deadline Preview 1.0 / New York Islanders: Brad Marchand Avoids Suspension On Tavares Hit

Fox Sports: Islanders look to end skid vs. Capitals (Dec 11, 2017)

Lighthouse Hockey: Islanders Injury News: Hickey to IR, Prince to Bridgeport for rehab

Newsday: Isles scrap but lose another