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Caps Today, 4/10/18

April 10, 2018
Evgeny Kuznetsov will play in his seventh career playoff series when the Caps host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night at Capital One Arena.  In 39 career playoff games, Kuznetsov has 19 points (11g, 8a) and two game-winning goals.

With 83 points this season (27g, 56a), Evgeny Kuznetsov became the 16 th player in franchise history to reach the 80 point mark and the first player other than Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to reach the mark since Alexander Semin in the 2009-10 season (40g, 44a). Kuznetsov’s 27 goals this season were a new season high, while his 56 assists were one off his single season mark set in the 2015-16 season. With 265 career points (80g, 185a), Kuznetsov ranks eighth in points among the 2010 draft class and sixth in assists. Additionally, Kuznetsov’s career 1.98 assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranks first among 2010 draftees.


Tom Wilson: Today, 8:10 a.m., WTOP, 103.5 FM

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Capitals Announce ALL CAPS Playoffs Initiatives

Washington Post: Devante Smith-Pelly was a playoff revelation 4 years ago. He’ll get another shot with the Caps. / From YouTube to spying on Jaromir Jagr, the origins of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s creativity / The five factors that could decide the Capitals’ playoff fate

Washington Times: 5 reasons Washington Capitals fans should have hope this postseason

NBC Sports Washington: NHL Awards tracker: Caps not getting as much love as they should be Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round predictions (Washington Capitals mentioned)

AP: Matchup dynamics make Eastern Conference playoffs tough to predict

The Athletic: Pressure? What pressure? Blue Jackets, Capitals trying to overcome inglorious playoff pasts

Canadian Press: Net-front guys play vital role in NHL playoffs (Tom Wilson mentioned)

Chaska Herald: Gersich makes debut with Capitals

Detroit News: Kulfan: What to watch for in the Stanley Cup playoffs (Washington Capitals mentioned)

ESPN: Ranking all 16 NHL playoff teams by their forwards (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Grand Forks Herald: Dave Hakstol and 12 former UND players ready for runs at the Stanley Cup (T.J. Oshie, Shane Gersich mentioned)

The Hockey News: NHL Playoff Preview: A First Glance At The Eight First-Round Matchups (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Conn Men: Who Could Take Home Playoff MVP Honors This Season? (Alex Ovechkin mentioned)

National Post: One burning question for every team in the 2018 NHL playoffs (Washington Capitals mentioned)

NBC Sports: PHT Power Rankings: Why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Newsweek: NHL Playoffs: Five Things to Look Forward to as the Race for the Stanley Cup Begins (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Predictions, odds for Capitals vs. Blue Jackets first-round series

Sports Capitol: Capitals make hard choice between goalies Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby

Sports Illustrated: New Class of Russian Talent Ready to Take the NHL Postseason by Storm (Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov mentioned) / Playoff Power Rankings: Let the Madness Commence (Washington Capitals mentioned)

TSN: Report: CBJ F Foligno to play Game 1 (Washington Capitals mentioned) / An analytical preview of the Eastern Conference playoffs (Washington Capitals mentioned) / The 7-Eleven Power Rankings: Predators hunger for more (Washington Capitals mentioned)

USA Today: NHL playoffs 2018: First-round predictions (Washington Capitals mentioned) / NHL playoffs: Ranking all 16 teams in the field (Washington Capitals mentioned)

WTOP: Alex Ovechkin Joins Elite Company with Seventh Rocket Richard Trophy

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Making Owen's Wish Come True / NHL Playoffs start Wednesday / Locker Room | April 9 / Caps 365 | April 9 / Barry Trotz | April 9

Monumental Sports Network:

DC 101: EITM interviews T.J. Oshie

DCW50: Caps Playoffs (10 p.m.)

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Playoff Preview Spectacular / Holtby vs. Grubauer: Who should start for Caps in playoffs?

NHL Network: Playoffs Roundtable: Caps Year?

ESPN 980: Cooley and Kevin: 04-09-18 Nicklas Backstrom

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On Caps vs. Blue Jackets (5 a.m.) / On Caps vs. Blue Jackets (4 a.m.)

WNST: Caps historian and author Ted Starkey joins Nestor to preview Stanley Cup playoffs and talk Ovechkin

WRC-TV NBC 4: Capitals Playoffs Schedule and ALL CAPS Initiatives (11 a.m.) / Caps Preparing for Thursday’s Playoff Opener (5 p.m.) / The Playoffs Are Here for the Capitals (6 p.m.)

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On the Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing and “We Are All Caps” Lawn Signs (7 a.m.)  / Ice Time Lapse – Capitals  Prepare for Play-Off Run (5 p.m.) / Playoff Ice Timelapse and Interview with Lars Eller on the Playoffs (9 a.m.)

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Caps vs. Blue Jackets in 1st Round of Playoffs (12 p.m.) / Caps vs. Blue Jackets in 1st Round of Playoffs (5 a.m.)