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Caps Today, 1/6/18

January 6, 2018
This season, the Capitals are 16-0-1 when they hold a lead after the first period, good for a .941 win percentage, ranked second in the NHL, and their 16 wins lead the NHL. Additionally, the Capitals hold a 17-0-2 record when leading after two periods, good for a .895 win percentage. Since Barry Trotz became head coach in the 2014-15 season, the Capitals are 97-6-8 when leading after one period, which leads the NHL in both wins and win percentage (.874) and 130-3-7 when leading after two periods, which is the most wins in the NHL and the second-highest win percentage (.928). The Capitals have recorded 43 goals in the third period this season, more than any other period.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby earned a silver medal with Team Sweden in the tournament. Jonsson-Fjallby finished with two shorthanded goals and two assists in seven games.

This Day in Capitals History:

Jan. 6, 1998: Adam Oates matched a franchise record with four assists in the first period as the Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 5-3 at the MCI Center. Calle Johansson scored twice while Todd Krygier picked up the game-winning goal . 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

Washington Capitals: Capitals Casino Night Raises More Than $302,000 for Charity

Washington Post: Evgeny Kuznetsov plays goalie, wins bet against Dmitry Orlov / Five things we’ve learned about the Capitals through the midpoint of the season / Alex Ovechkin, known best for scoring goals, is on the cusp of 500 career assists

Washington Times: Ovechkin named NHL All-Star captain, tops fan vote

NBC Sports Washington: First half grades: It's hard to ask more of the Caps than what they accomplished through 41 games / NHL Awards watch: Alex Ovechkin is making a case for the Hart / Evgeny Kuznetsov suits up at goalie, takes on Dmitry Orlov after practice / Despite trending in different directions, Caps and Penguins given same Stanley Cup odds

AP: Alex Ovechkin on pace for 50-goal season at 32

DC 101: So Kids Can + Ronald McDonald House Charities

DC Refined: The Caps trade hockey pucks for poker chips at MGM National Harbor

Washingtonian: Just title it Things to Do – Benefit – Caps Casino Night


TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Barry Trotz | January 4 / Philipp Grubauer | January 4 / Capitals Report | January 4 / Evgeny Kuznetsov | January 4  / All-Star Captain | Alex Ovechkin

NBC Sports Washington: Kuznetsov explains reasoning behind playing practice goalie / Jay Beagle heard the talk, but he knew the Caps had the pieces / Kuznetsov suits up at goalie

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On Capitals Casino Night (5 a.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: Live Interview with Tom Wilson from Casino Night (6 p.m.) / WRC-TV NBC 4: On MSE Foundation’s Casino Night Raising More Than $302,000 (6 p.m.)

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On Capitals Casino Night (8 a.m.) / On Capitals Casino Night (10 p.m.)

WUSA-TV CBS 9: On Capitals Casino Night (11 p.m.)