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Caps Today, 1/21/18

January 21, 2018
The Capitals face the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in the second of four meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals are 81-102-19-10 all-time against the Flyers and 46-41-13-3 at Capital One Arena.

The Capitals have recorded 18 wins at home this season, tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for the most in the NHL. Additionally, the Capitals are 10-2-0 in their last 12 games at home. During that 12-game stretch, which began Dec. 2, the Capitals' 44 home goals rank second in the NHL, while their 27 goals against are 17th. Ovechkin his tied for fourth in the NHL with 14 home goals, John Carlson ranks second among defensemen and tied for 13th overall with 17 assists, while Evgeny Kuznetsov is tied for 15th with 16 assists. Additionally, Ovechkin's 28 home points (14g, 14a) rank 10th in the NHL. Since Barry Trotz became head coach in the 2014-15 season, the Capitals hold a 102-35-11 record at home, the only team with 100 home wins during that span. The Capitals rank first in total goals against (309), third in power play percentage (22.4 percent), fourth in penalty kill percentage (85.0 percent) and sixth in total goals for (459).


Tuesday, Jan. 23, 8:40 p.m.: Jay Beagle, Sports Junkies, 106.7 The Fan

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m.: Matt Niskanen on the Steve Czaban Show, ESPN 980

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 3:30 p.m.: John Carlson, Chad Dukes vs. The World, 106.7 The Fan

This Day in Capitals History

Jan.21, 2010: Alex Ovechkin had two goals, including the 250th career of his NHL career, as the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 at Mellon Arena. Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist each and Jose Theodore made 35 saves as the Capitals earned their fifth straight 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'


Another Gr8 Milestone- Alex Ovechkin recorded an assist against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 19 and is now one shy of 500 career assists to become the second player in franchise history to reach the mark (Nicklas Backstrom, franchise leader with 568 assists). In addition, Ovechkin would become one of 15 active players with 500 career assists and one of just four active players to record at least 500 career goals and 500 career assists (Jaromir Jagr, Marian Hossa, Patrick Marleau). This season, Ovechkin has 22 assists, on pace for 38 assists, which would be his highest total over the last seven seasons. Ovechkin is one of eight active players to record at least 1,000 career points, ranking fifth with 1,085 points, and is one of only two active players on that list with fewer than 1,000 games played (Sidney Crosby: 1,077 points in 830 games). Ovechkin, who currently leads the NHL with 28 goals and is on pace to record 49 goals this season, is one of just three players to record at least seven 50-goal seasons in NHL history (Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy: nine). Since joining the Capitals in the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin has scored 586 of the 2,979 goals the Capitals have scored (19.67 percent). That's the highest percentage a single player has scored of any teams goals over a 13-year span in NHL history.

Oh What a Line - Brett Connolly, Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie have primarily skated together for each of the last six games. During that time period, the trio has skated for 51:55 minutes of five-on-five play together. The line has produced 55 shot attempts for at five-on-five and allowed 50 against (52.38 shot attempts percentage). The three have produced 32 scoring chances and allowed 25 (56.14 scoring chances for percentage) and scored five goals without allowing any. Over those six games together at five-on-five, Eller has recorded three goals, Connolly has two goals and Oshie has four assists.

Great Dane - Lars Eller scored against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 19 to record his 10 goal and 22nd point (10g, 12a) of the season. Through 46 games, Eller is three points shy of his 25-point total set in his first year with the Capitals last season (12g, 13a) and eight shy of his career high of 30 points set in the 2012-13 season as a member of the Canadiens (8g, 22a). Eller now has a goal in five of his last six games and seven of his last nine. During that span, he has scored on 41.7 percent of his shots (12 shots). Eller is five goals shy of 100 career goals and can become the 13th player selected in 2007 to reach that milestone.

Flying High – Nicklas Backstrom has registered 50 points (17g, 33a) in 39 career games against the Flyers, the third-highest amount of points he's registered against any team. Alex Ovechkin has earned 52 points (31g, 21a) in 46 career games against Philadelphia. Braden Holtby is 8-4-7 all time against Philadelphia with a 2.52 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

Make a Wish -

The Capitals granted the wish of 14-year-old Chatham, NJ native William Cody Jan. 19 through Jan. 21. Cody's wish was to become a Capitals player for the day and meet the team will come true through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Cody was signed to a three-day contract on Jan. 19. He is in attendance at today's game. Cody will walk to the Capitals locker room along with players, watch warmups from the bench and be announced as a member of the starting lineup. He will spend additional time with the team postgame.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Habs 3, Caps 2 / Caps Face Flyers in Sunday Matinee

Washington Post: Capitals shuffle lines, splitting up Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, before Flyers game / Jay Beagle wants to win every faceoff. The goal is simple, but the nuances aren’t.

NBC Sports Washington: Game 48: Capitals vs. Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread Flyers at Capitals preview

AP: Capitals bring two-game skid into game with hot Flyers


TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Barry Trotz | January 20 / Rinkside Update | Burakovsky


Flyers Clips:

Broad Street Hockey: Flyers 3, Devils 1: Early onslaught leads Flyers to key divisional win

Cherry Hill Courier Post: Flyers at Capitals: 3 things to watch in Game 47

Fansided: Philadelphia Flyers need to make better decisions

North Flyers 3, Devils 1: Post-game observations

The Hockey Writers: Revisiting the Brayden Schenn Trade