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Caps Today, 2/11/18

February 11, 2018
The Capitals face the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena today in the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals won the most recent matchup 4-3 in overtime at Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 20. Washington holds a 29-22-5-0 record all-time at Capital One Arena and has won four straight against the Red Wings at home.

Lars Eller signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract on Feb. 10. On Feb. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Eller finished with a goal and an assist, his sixth multi-point game of the season. This year, Eller's 28 points (11g, 17a) rank sixth on the team, and his 99 shots rank fourth. Through 53 games, Eller is on pace for 43 points this season, which would set a new career high (30 points, 8g, 22a, as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012-13 season).

Media Advisory

The Capitals are granting the wish of 6-year-old Arvada, Colorado native Owen Meyer today. Meyer’s wish to meet and skate with the team came true through Make-A-Wish ® Mid-Atlantic. On Feb. 10, Meyer joined the Capitals on ice at the conclusion of practice, skating with select players. He also received a tour of Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the locker room. Today, Meyer’s wish will continue with the ‘Ultimate Fan’ experience at Capital One Arena as part of the team’s Kids Day presented by Giant.

This Day in Capitals History

Feb.11,2017: The Capitals beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 at Verizon Center and joined the 1970-71 Boston Bruins as the only teams in NHL history to score five or more goals in 11 consecutive home games. The victory was the Capitals' 12th-straight home win overall. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, joining Alex Ovechkin, Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner as the only 700-point players in team 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'

TOP GAME NOTES

Dishing with Kuzy – Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 15 th goal of the season and added an assist to lead the Caps to a 4-2 win over Columbus on Feb. 9. In his last six games, Kuznetsov has led the Capitals with nine points (2g, 7a) and is riding a team-high six game point and assist streak. Kuznetsov's 37 assists lead the team this season and are tied for 14th in the NHL. This season, Kuznetsov has recorded an assist in 25 games, with the Caps posting a record of 18-4-3 in those games. Kuznetsov's 166 career assists are seventh among players selected in the 2010 draft, while his 1.94 assists per 60 minutes of play ranks first. In addition, Kuznetsov’s 166 assists rank 29 th in franchise history, six shy of Joe Juneau franchise mark of 172, which ranks 28 th in franchise history.

Holtbeast - Braden Holtby stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced (.946 save percentage) on Feb. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the second-straight game he has made at least 35 saves. This season, the Capitals are 6-1-0 when Holtby makes at least 35 saves. In 12 career games against the Red Wings, Holtby is 9-2-1 with a 1.96 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. Additionally, in 102 career games against the Atlantic Division, Holtby is 67-23-11 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. This season, Holtby is tied for second with 28 wins through games played Feb. 9. Holtby is one of just three goaltenders to record three-straight 40-win seasons (Martin Brodeur, Evgeni Nabokov). This year, Holtby is on pace for 43 wins, and is striving to become the first goaltender in NHL history with four consecutive 40-win seasons. Additionally, Holtby currently has played 19,935 minutes and is 65 minutes shy of the 20,000 minute milestone.

Sweet Nicky - On Feb. 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nicklas Backstrom became the fifth player in franchise history to record 200 career goals (Alex Ovechkin: 590; Peter Bondra: 472; Mike Gartner: 397; Mike Ridley: 218). Backstrom is one of five players selected in the 2006 draft to record 200 career goals, and his 769 career points (200g, 569a) rank first among the 2006 draft class, leading Phil Kessel by 55 points, who ranks second in the 2006 draft class through games played Feb. 9. Since entering the NHL in the 2007 season, Backstrom’s 569 assists rank third (Henrik Sedin: 586; Joe Thornton: 581) in the NHL. With 569 career assists, Backstrom is now one assist shy of tying Shane Doan (570 assists in 1,540 games) and Frank Mahovlich (570 assists in 1,181 games played) for 100th on the NHL's all-time assist list. Tonight's game marks Backstrom's 788th-career game.

Power Time - The Capitals have scored nine power play goals in their last 10 games (9 for 33, 27.27 percent). During that stretch, which began on Jan. 12 against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Capitals have had seven different players score a power play goal (John Carlson, Lars Eller: two; Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie, Brett Connolly, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin each with one).

Willy Time - Tom Wilson has seven goals on the season, tying his single-season high set in the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season in 32 fewer games. Wilson's 22 points this season (7g, 15a) are just one shy of his single-season high in 2015-16. Wilson is currently on a 36-point pace. Wilson also has a 51.66 shot attempt percentage (654 for, 612 against) at five-on-five, which ranks second among Capitals forwards this season. Additionally, Wilson has drawn eight penalties in his last nine games and 25 penalties this season, tied for the fifth-most in the NHL. Since the 2013-14 season, Wilson has drawn 166 minor penalties, the second-most in the NHL during that span (Nazem Kadri: 199), and his 2.33 drawn penalties per 60 minutes of play ranks first among all skaters with at least 150 games played since the 2013-14 season.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Host Wings in Sunday Matinee / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 4, Jackets 2 / Caps and Eller Agree on Five-Year Extension

Washington Post: What re-signing Lars Eller means for the trade deadline, Capitals’ other free agents / Capitals re-sign center Lars Eller to five-year, $17.5 million deal

Washington Times: Eller signs five-year extension with Capitals

NBC Sports Washington: Caps solidify center position with five-year deal for Eller / Brian MacLellan is still confident in Andre Burakovsky / Game 55: Capitals vs. Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

AP: Capitals sign Eller to $17.5 million, five-year deal

NBC Sports: Capitals sign Lars Eller to five-year, $17.5 million contract extension

NESN: Maple Leafs’ All-White Outdoor Jerseys Should Look Great On White Ice (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Reuters: NHL Notebook: Capitals ink C Eller to 5-year extension

TSN: Capitals sign Eller to five-year extension

Japer’s Rink: Sunday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Red Wings Game Day / Capitals Re-Sign Lars Eller to Five-Year, $17.5 Million Contract

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Brian MacLellan One-On-One / Barry Trotz | February 10 / Brian MacLellan | February 10 / Brett Connolly | February 10 / Lars Eller | February 10

NBC Sports Washington: Lars Eller on signing a new contract extension

Red Wings Clips:

AP: Red Wings move on after tough loss to face Capitals

Detroit Free Press: Red Wings' Kris Draper: On draft eligibles, the rebuild, Dylan Larkin

Detroit News: Red Wings' loss underpinned by penalty kill's failure

Winging it in Motown: Detroit Red Wings @ Washington Capitals, Projected Lineups, How to Watch


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