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Caps Today, 12/12/17

December 12, 2017
The Capitals take on the Colorado Avalanche at Capital One Arena tonight in the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Capitals are 41-31-9-1 all-time against the Avalanche and 22-13-4-1 at Capital One Arena.

The Capitals are currently in the midst of a four-game home winning streak, one short of their season-long five-game win streak from Nov. 2 to Nov. 18. During the Capitals’ current four-game winning stretch, the Capitals have outscored opponents 18 to eight, scoring at least four goals in all four efforts. Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson and Brett Connolly each lead the team in goals (3), while Ovechkin leads the team in assists (5) and points (8). In three games, Braden Holtby has posted a 2.34 goals against average and a .932 save percentage, while Philipp Grubauer allowed just one goal in a 24-save effort (.960 save percentage) in a win against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 4. The Capitals are 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games and 12-5-0 at Capital One Arena this year, tied for the second-most home wins in the NHL with the New York Rangers and only trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning (13).

Media

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. 12, 2008: With Jose Theodore suffering an injury at the Capitals morning skate, website producer Brett ‘Stretch’ Leonhardt suited up as an emergency backup that night for goalie Brent Johnston. The Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 with Alex Ovechkin leading the way with two goals. Mike Green, Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich also scored in the Washington win. 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'

TOP GAME NOTES

Dmitry ScOrlov - Dmitry Orlov scored a goal against the New York Islanders on Dec. 11, extending his point streak to four games (1g, 3a), the longest-active point streak on the Capitals and one game shy of Nicklas Backstrom's season record of five-straight games with a point (Oct. 7 - Oct. 14: 3g, 8a). This season, Orlov's 11 points (3g, 8a) ranks second among Capitals' defensemen (John Carlson: 22 points, 2g, 20a). Orlov set a career high for points last year with 33 (6g, 27a). Prior to the game on Dec. 11, Orlov's 50.85 shot attempts percentage at five-on-five (537 for, 519 against) ranked second among Capitals defensemen (Christian Djoos: 263 shot attempts for, 210 against, 55.60 shot attempts percentage. Additionally, Orlov is starting 56 percent of his five-on-five face-offs in his own defensive zone, the highest season total of his career (previous high: 50.39 percent).

Grubauer Power - Philipp Grubauer stopped all 17 shots he faced in 35:13 minutes against the New York Islanders on Dec. 11, including five shots on the penalty kill. Over his last three appearances, Grubauer is 2-0-0 with a 0.77 goals against average and a .971 save percentage, stopping 66 of the last 68 shots he's faced, including 55 of 56 at even strength (.982 even strength save percentage). In 77 career games, Grubauer is 30-26-9 with a 2.36 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Going Back to Back - This year, Washington is 6-5-0 in back-to-back games, and the Capitals have won three of their last five games in back-to-back situations. In total, the Capitals have 14 sets of back-to-back games this year.

Stevie Wonder - Chandler Stephenson recorded a primary assist on Dmitry Orlov's goal against the New York Islanders on Dec. 11, marking his second-straight game with an assist. This year, Stephenson has eight points (2g, 6a). Prior to the game against the Islanders, Stephenson's 1.21 assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranked seventh among Capitals forwards.

Rocky Mountain High – The Capitals have won six of their last seven games against the Avalanche. Alex Ovechkin has scored a goal in five of his last seven games against Colorado (5g, 3a) and has tallied 11 points (6g, 5a) in 15 career games against the Avalanche. Nicklas Backstrom has earned an assist in four of his last six games against Colorado (1g, 4a) and has tallied nine points (3g, 6a) in 13 career games against the Avalanche. Evgeny Kuznetsov has earned eight points (3g, 5a) in seven career games against the Avalanche.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Isles Upend Caps, 3-1 / Caps Come Home to Host Colorado

Washington Post: Capitals fall, 3-1, to Islanders as winning streak ends at four

NBC Sports Washington: Game 32: Capitals vs. Avalanche Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / 4 reasons the Caps lost to the Islanders / 3 stars of the game: Caps' home magic doesn't follow them to Brooklyn / NHL Power Rankings: A heck of a race is developing in the Metropolitan Division

NHL.com: Halak, Islanders defeat Capitals, end three-game losing streak

AP: Capitals shut down by Jaroslav Halak as Islanders snap winless streak

CBS Sports: NHL Power Rankings: Capitals, Predators keep rising, but Tampa Bay is still No. 1 / Capitals' Philipp Grubauer: Perfect in relief

The Hockey News: Still Lethal: The Capitals’ Offense Is Keeping Washington’s Stanley Cup Window Open

NBC Sports Chicago: NHL Power Rankings: Capitals clicking on all cylinders

Newsday: Islanders begin home run with win over Capitals

New York Post: Islanders extend almost mystical dominance at Barclays Center

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Postgame Locker Room | Dec 11 / Barry Trotz Postgame | Dec 11 /

WMAR-TV ABC 2 (Baltimore, MD): Washington Capitals players show their soft side / On Jay Beagle and Matt Niskanen Participating in Show Your Soft Side (5 a.m.) / On Jay Beagle and Matt Niskanen Participating in Show Your Soft Side (6 a.m.)

Avalanche Clips:

AP: Bernier makes 39 stops as Avalanche top Penguins 2-1

Denver Post: Avalanche scores twice in third period to defeat Penguins in PittsburghCarl Soderberg trio has developed into the Avalanche’s shutdown line / Nail Yakupov scratched for second consecutive game by Avalanche

Fox Sports: Avs carry momentum into game at Washington (Dec 12, 2017)

Mile High Hockey:   It just got harder for The Colorado Avalanche prospects to make Team Canada / How does the Avalanche middle-six scoring pedigree stack up? / Morning Flurries: The Avalanche win again, and Victor Mete to the World Juniors

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