In his last six appearances, Philipp Grubauer is 3-0-2 with a 1.04 goals against average, a .965 save percentage and a shutout. During that stretch, Grubauer has stopped 143 of the 146 even strength shots he's faced (.979 save percentage) and has allowed just two goals at five-on-five. Additionally, Grubauer has stopped all 67 even strength shots over his last two starts and 110 of the last 111 even strength shots over his last four games (.991 save percentage). In his career, Grubauer is 31-26-11 with a 2.31 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and four shutouts.
This Day in Capitals History
January 12, 1979: Dennis Maruk recorded the first of his 10 hat-tricks with Washington as the Capitals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-1. At the time, it was the largest margin of victory in franchise history, although only 5,458 were in attendance at Capital Centre. Rookie Ryan Walter had two goals, captain Guy Charron had a goal and an assist and rookie Gary Rissling scored his first career NHL 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'
TOP GAME NOTES
Great Dane - Lars Eller has a goal in three-straight games, tied with Alex Ovechkin and Brett Connolly for the longest goal streak of the season (Ovechkin: three different three-game goal streaks, most recent 12/2-12/6, 3g; Connolly: 12/2-12/6, 3g). Additionally, Eller has four goals in his last six games and his eight goals rank seventh on the team. Eller is seven goals shy of 100 career goals. Eller can become the 13th player selected in 2007 to reach that milestone. On Jan. 9 against the Vancouver Canucks, Eller recorded his 200th-career point.
Captain 8 - Alex Ovechkin was named captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star team, marking his franchise-record ninth selection to the NHL All-Star Game (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) Ovechkin has earned 12 points (6g, 6a) in six career All-Star Games (he did not play in the 2011-12 and 2015-16 game). Ovechkin is tied for first in the NHL in goals (27) and overtime goals (3) this season, second in shots (190) and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (5). On Dec. 4 versus San Jose, Ovechkin recorded his 578th career goal and passed Mark Recchi for 20th on the NHL's all-time goals list and sits 17 goals shy of passing Jari Kurri for 19th in NHL history. Ovechkin is also four assists away from the 500 mark and can join Jaromir Jagr, Marian Hossa and Patrick Marleau as the only active players with at least 500 career goals and 500 assists. Additionally, he sits two game-winning goals shy of passing Jarome Iginla (101) for eighth place on the game-winning goals list.
Going Back-to-Back - The Capitals are entering the second half of a back-to-back series against the Hurricanes. This season, the Capitals are 5-2-2 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 seven games (2-3-2). Including this 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 17 games against the Hurricanes (12-4-1) and has posted a 24-9-3 record against Carolina since 2010-11. Alex Ovechkin has earned 82 points (35g, 47a) in 71 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 51 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).
Maintaining Leads - This season, the Capitals are 18-0-1 when they lead after the first period, good for a .947 win percentage, ranked second in the NHL, and their 18 wins lead the NHL. Additionally, the Capitals hold a 18-0-2 record when leading after two periods, good for a .900 win percentage. Since Barry Trotz became head coach in the 2014-15 season, the Capitals are 99-6-8 when leading after one period, which leads the NHL in both wins and win percentage (.876) and 131-3-7 when leading after two periods, which is the most wins in the NHL and the second-highest win percentage (.929). The Capitals have recorded 45 goals in the third period this season, more than any other period.
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NBC Sports Washington: Tarik's three stars: Hurricanes clip Caps, 3-1 / Game 45: Capitals at Hurricanes Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Caps give up game-winning goal because of NHL's vague possession rule / Capitals sound off on John Carlson's All-Star snub / 4 reasons the Caps lost to the Hurricanes
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