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Caps Today, 1/11/18

January 11, 2018
The Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena tonight in the second of four meetings between the teams this season. Washington won the first meeting on Jan. 2, 5-4 in overtime. The Capitals are 93-52-14-8 all-time against the Hurricanes and 52-24-4-4 at Capital One Arena.

The Capitals are riding a season-high 10-game home win streak, the longest home win streak in the NHL this season, and are the only team in the NHL without a home loss since the beginning of December. During that stretch, the Capitals have recorded 41 goals and have allowed 21. Alex Ovechkin has led the team with 17 points (6g, 11a) while Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson have 13 (Backstrom: 5g, 8a; Carlson: 3g 10a) and Tom Wilson has 10 points (4g, 6a). During the winning streak, Braden Holtby has posted a record of 8-0-0 with a 2.33 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Last season, the Capitals set the franchise record with 15-straight home wins from Jan. 1, 2017 - March 4, 2017. The Capitals are 18-5-0 this season at home with the second-most points in the NHL (Washington: 36; Vegas: 37).


This Day in Capitals History

January 11, 2017: Alex Ovechkin became the 84th player in NHL to record 1,000 career points and the 37th to do so with one franchise as the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. Ovechkin opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game with his 545th career goal, one clear of Maurice Richard for the 29th most in NHL history. 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'


Holtbeast- Braden Holtby has been selected to participate in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, the third-straight selection for Holtby, which is also a franchise record total for goaltenders. Holtby has posted a record of 24-8-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 32 games for the Capitals this season. Holtby ranks second in the NHL in wins (24), third in the Metropolitan Division among goaltenders with at least 30 games played in even strength save percentage (.926), third in penalty kill save percentage (.879) and fourth in goals-against average (2.68). Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of his 32 games this season and Washington has posted a 15-1-0 record in those games. In 339 career NHL games, Holtby is 215-81-31 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Holtby is the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history to reach 215 career wins, behind only Ken Dryden, who recorded his 215th career win in 333 games played. Since the 2013-14 season, Holtby ranks first in the NHL with 178 wins. Holtby is the franchise leader in goals against average (2.35) and save percentage (.921) among goaltenders with 100 Capitals games played, and second in games played (339) and wins (215).  

Last we met -  On Jan. 2, the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Alex Ovechkin's 22 career overtime goal, the most all-time in the NHL. Ovechkin tied the game with 7:15 remaining in the third period before scoring the overtime goal 1:31 minutes into his shift. The game-winning goal was the 100th of his career, making Ovechkin the first player in franchise history to record 100 game-winning goals and the ninth player in NHL history to reach the mark. Ovechkin sits two game-winning goals away from passing Jarome Iginla for eighth all-time.

Going Back-to-Back - The Capitals are entering the first half of a back-to-back series against the Hurricanes. Washington will face Carolina on Friday at PNC Arena. This season, the Capitals are 5-1-2 on the front end and 3-5-0 in the second of back-to-back games. In the last three sets of back-to-back games, the Capitals have earned a point in four of their last six games (2-2-2). Including this upcoming back-to-back set, Washington has six back-to-back sets remaining  this season.

Rocking the Hurricanes - Washington has earned a point in 13 of its last 16 games against the Hurricanes (12-3-1) and has posted a 24-8-3 record against Carolina since 2010-11. Alex Ovechkin has earned 82 points (35g, 47a) in 70 career games against the Hurricanes, marking the third-most points he has earned against an opponent (Winnipeg: 88, Tampa Bay: 84). Since the Hurricanes moved to North Carolina in 1997-98, Ovechkin ranks second in the NHL in points against the franchise, trailing Martin St. Louis (91). Nicklas Backstrom has earned 55 points (14g, 41a) in 50 career games against the Hurricanes, marking his second-most points he has registered against an NHL franchise (Tampa Bay: 56 points). Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom is tied for second (St. Louis) in the League in points against the Hurricanes, only trailing Ovechkin (62). John Carlson has also earned the third-most points (19) against Carolina than any NHL franchise (Tampa Bay, New Jersey: 20).

Big John - John Carlson's 34 points (5g, 29a) and 29 assists rank second among NHL defensemen this season. Carlson's 34 points in 43 games are three points shy of his 72-game total last season (9g, 28a). Carlson ranks first among Metropolitan Division defensemen in assists (29), first in points (34), tied for first in game-winning goals (2), second in power play points (15), tied for second in shots (121) and first in time on ice per game (26:17). Carlson is on pace for a career-high 65 points, which would make Carlson the eighth defenseman in franchise history to record 60 points in a season and the first since Mike Green in 2009-10 (76 points, 19g, 57a). Additionally, Carlson is one point shy of 300 career points (67g, 232) to become the 24th player and the seventh defenseman to reach that milestone in franchise history.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Take Down Canucks, 3-1 / SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate / Caps Entertain Canes

Washington Post: Home sweet home: Capitals handle Canucks for 10th straight win on home ice / As Barry Trotz climbs the NHL wins list, he remains fixed on elusive Stanley Cup / NHL power rankings: Lightning, Golden Knights look like Stanley Cup favorites / Braden Holtby joins Alex Ovechkin on NHL all-star team; John Carlson left out

Washington Times: Ovechkin, Capitals fill hole left by Justin Williams / Three Capitals named to the NHL All-Star Game

NBC Sports Washington: Why Devante Smith-Pelly felt compelled to fight Ben Hutton / 4 reasons the Caps beat the Canucks / Tarik's 3 Stars: Kuznetsov, Caps bottle up Canucks, 3-1 / John Carlson scores on one of the most bizarre plays you will ever see / NHL All-Star Game 2018: Holtby gets ASG invite but Carlson a notable snub / Game 44: Capitals vs. Hurricanes Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Caps prospect watch: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and his golden locks earn silver at WJC Capitals defeat Canucks for fifth straight win / NHL reveals All-Star Game rosters

AP: Capitals beat Canucks to win NHL-best 10th in a row at home

CBS DC: Charlie Slowes Will Call Upcoming Caps Game

ESPN: Phil Kessel, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jonathan Marchessault among most egregious All-Star snubs (John Carlson mentioned)

NBC Sports: NHL reveals 2018 All-Star Game rosters; who missed out?

The Province: Capitals 3 Canucks 1: Capitol punishment for Canucks in DC

WNST: Caps Win 10th Straight At Home In 3-1 Triumph Over Vancouver

WTOP: Holtby selected to the NHL All-Star Game

Japer’s Rink: Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game Day


TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Postgame | January 9 / Caps 365 | January 9 / Barry Trotz Postgame | January 9 / Tom Wilson | January 9 / Two-Man Advantage | January 9

Sports Junkies: Trotz: 'Criminal' for Carlson to miss All-Star roster / Trotz loves his players are willing to fight for one another

WRC-TV NBC 4: On Capitals Casino Night (11 p.m.) / Caps' Orpik Presents Youth Hockey Team With New Equipment / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (11 p.m.) / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (5 p.m.) / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (6 p.m.) / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (4 p.m.)

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (5 p.m.) / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (11 p.m.)

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Cribs: Tom Wilson (6 p.m.) / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (11 p.m.) / On Brooks Orpik and the NHLPA Donating Equipment to the Tucker Road Ducks (6 p.m.)

Hurricanes Clips:

AP: Hot Capitals start back-to-back with Hurricanes

Canes Country: About Last Night: The Hurricanes Didn’t Bring The Thunder

CBS Sports: The Carolina Hurricanes’ ‘Fat Trick’ is the NHL’s tastiest consolation prize

News and Observer: Hurricanes lose but get a ‘fat trick’ — and the internet eats it up / Carolina Hurricanes sale to Thomas Dundon to close Thursday