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Caps Today, 2/13/18

February 13, 2018
The Capitals face the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place today in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. Washington holds a 48-26-5-8 record all-time against the Jets and a 20-17-2-5 record all-time at Bell MTS Place.

The Capitals have scored 11 power play goals in their last 11 games (11 for 37, 29.7 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, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin: two; Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie,  and Brett Connolly each with one). Since Jan. 12, the Capitals' 29.7 percent success rate ranks third in the NHL. The Capitals are 20-3-3 this season when they score at least one power play goal. Ovechkin leads the team with 10 power play goals, while Oshie's five power play goals in away venues leads the team this season.

This Day in Capitals History

Feb.13, 1993: The Capitals beat the Kings 10-3 at the Great Western Forum, matching a franchise record for most goals scored in a road game. Pat Elynuik, Al Iafrate and Michal Pivonka had two goals each, while Peter Bondra, Sylvain Cote, Kevin Hatcher and Dmitri Kristich had a goal and an assist each. Iafrate picked up his 20th goal of the season, giving the Capitals multiple 20-goal scoring defensemen for the first time in team history (Hatcher). 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'


Clutch Nicky - On Feb. 11 against the Detroit Red Wings, Nicklas Backstrom scored a game-tying goal on the power play with 17 seconds remaining in the game. That marked the second time in his last three games that Backstrom scored a goal in the final minute of play (game-winning goal with 43 seconds remaining versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 6). This season, Backstrom has recorded 10 points in the final 10 minutes (and overtime periods) of a game, tied for the second-most on the team (Alex Ovechkin: 12; John Carlson: 10).  Backstrom's 770 career points (201g, 569a) rank first among the 2006 NHL Draft class, leading Phil Kessel by 56 points, who ranks second through games played Feb. 11. Since entering the NHL in the 2007 season, Backstrom’s 569 assists rank third (Henrik Sedin: 587; 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 789th-career game.

Dishing with Kuzy – In his last seven games, Evgeny Kuznetsov has led the Capitals with 10 points (2g, 8a) and is riding a team-high seven game point and assist streak. Kuznetsov's 38 assists lead the team this season and are ranked 14th in the NHL through games played Feb. 11. This season, Kuznetsov has recorded an assist in 26 games, with the Caps posting a record of 18-4-4 in those games. Kuznetsov's 167 career assists are tied for sixth among players selected in the 2010 draft, while his 1.94 assists per 60 minutes of play ranks first. In addition, Kuznetsov’s 167 assists rank 29 th in franchise history, five shy of Joe Juneau franchise mark of 172, which ranks 28 th in franchise history.

Holtbeast - Braden Holtby has played 19,995 minutes for the Capitals and will look to become the second goaltender in franchise history to play 20,000 minutes (Olaf Kolzig: 41,260 franchise minutes). Since the 2014-15 season, Holtby's 14,152:53 minutes leads the NHL. This season, Holtby is tied for second with 28 wins through games played Feb. 11. 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 42 wins, and is striving to become the first goaltender in NHL history with four consecutive 40-win seasons. 

O From D - Washington defensemen have combined for 119 points this season, tied for the eighth most in the NHL through games played Feb. 11. Additionally, Capitals defensemen have combined for 95 points at even strength, tied for the third-most in the NHL. The Capitals' 1.73 even strength points per game by a defenseman is tied for second in the NHL. This year, 25.8 percent of the Capitals' total points (451) and 27.3 percent of the Capitals' total even strength points (348) have come from defensemen, tied for the seventh-most in the NHL. John Carlson leads Capitals defensemen in points (9g, 35a) and ranks third in the NHL in points through games played Feb. 11.

Jet Setters – Alex Ovechkin has registered 88 points (45g, 43a) in 61 career games against Winnipeg, ranking first in NHL history in points against the franchise. In addition, Ovechkin’s 88 points against the Jets mark the most points he has earned against an NHL franchise. Since the team moved to Winnipeg at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Ovechkin has earned a point in 14 of his 19 games against the Jets (15g, 10a). Nicklas Backstrom has earned 45 points (16g, 29a) in 42 career games against the Jets, marking the sixth-most points he has earned against an NHL franchise. Backstrom has earned a point in 13 of his 16 games (8g, 13a) against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg. Braden Holtby is 10-3-1 in his career against the Jets with two shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate / Wings Nip Caps in Overtime, 5-4 / Caps Hit the Road – First Stop, Winnipeg

Washington Post: Four figure skating coaches judged the Capitals’ skaters. Guess who got top marks. / Stuck in the middle: Poor second period leads to overtime loss for Capitals / What re-signing Lars Eller means for the trade deadline, Capitals’ other free agents

Washington Times: Capitals’ rally falls short, lose to Red Wings in overtime / Capitals weigh balance between youth and winning ahead of NHL trade deadline

NBC Sports Washington: NHL Power Rankings: Still in good shape / Caps see no moral victory in Sunday's comeback loss to the Red Wings / 3 reasons why the Caps lost to the Red Wings / 3 stars of the game: Tatar ruins Caps' comeback Holtby finds Capitals gain as ambassador / Red Wings defeat Capitals on Tatar's OT goal

AP: Tatar leads Red Wings to 5-4 OT win against Capitals

Detroit Free Press: Tomas Tatar's second goal gives Detroit Red Wings 5-4 OT win in D.C.

The Hockey News: Capitals Extend Lars Eller, But Carlson Contract Still Looms

USA Today: NHL power rankings 9.0: Trade deadline edition

Yahoo Sports: Fantasy Hockey stock report: NHL risers and fallers (Lars Eller mentioned)

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Rock'em Sock'em Russians / Caps Postgame | February 11 / Caps 365 | February 11 / Trotz Postgame | February 11 / Owen Meyer at Caps Practice

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On the Capitals and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Granting the Wish of Owen Meyer (6 a.m.) / On the Capitals and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Granting the Wish of Owen Meyer (6 p.m.)

Jets Clips:

AP: Jets look to get back on winning track at home

Arctic Ice Hockey: Could the Winnipeg Jets be suffering from fatigue?

Canoe: Five keys to Jets vs Capitals

Winnipeg Free Press: Jets first-round pick lighting it up in top Finnish men's league / Maurice changes lines at Jets practice

Winnipeg Sun: How active will Jets be?: Trade deadline fewer than two weeks away