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Caps Today, 4/11/18

April 11, 2018
John Carlson will play in his 13th career playoff series when the Caps host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 on Thursday night at Capital One Arena. In 76 career playoff games, which ranks fourth in franchise history among defensemen, Carlson has 35 points (13g, 22a) and two game-winning goals.

Carlson recorded 15 goals and 53 assists, all single-season highs, and his 68 points led NHL defensemen this season. Carlson became the eighth defensemen in franchise history to record 60 points in a season and the first since Mike Green in 2009-10 (76 points, 19g, 57a). Carlson’s 68 points this season are the seventh-highest single season total by a Capital in franchise history. Carlson became the third Capitals defenseman to lead the NHL in points since 2000 (Sergei Gonchar: 2001-02, 59 points; Mike Green: 2008-09, 2009-10: 73 and 76 points, respectively). He also passed Sylvain Cote (270) for seventh on the franchise points list for defensemen and passed Cote in goals (75) and Mike Green in assist (247) on March 20 against the Dallas Stars for seventh and sixth, respectively, on each list. Carlson is one of 28 active defensemen with at least 300 career points (77g, 256a).

This Day in Capitals History

April 11, 1985: Mike Gartner had a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal at 1:23 of double overtime as the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. Lou Franceschetti also scored for the Capitals and Al Jensen made 36 saves as the Capitals took a 2-0 series lead over New York. 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'

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Deserving of an Opportunity / 2017-18 Capitals Notes

Washington Post: Still not practicing, Capitals center Jay Beagle is questionable for Game 1 vs. Blue Jackets / Philipp Grubauer will start for Capitals in Game 1 against Blue Jackets

Washington Times: Brian MacLellan doesn’t think there’s a ‘powerhouse’ standing in the Capitals’ way / Philipp Grubauer to start for Capitals in Game 1 vs. Blue Jackets / 4 reasons Washington Capitals fans should NOT be hopeful this postseason / Loverro: No motivational speeches needed after past playoff failures

NBC Sports Washington: Braden Holtby handled the news that Grubauer will start like 'an absolute pro' / Philipp Grubauer named Capitals starter for Game 1 against Columbus Blue Jackets / Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: The ultimate Capitals-Blue Jackets preview

NHL.com: Grubauer to start Game 1 for Capitals against Blue Jackets

AP: Capitals name Philipp Grubauer as Game 1 playoff starter

Baltimore Sun: Digest (April) 10: Goalie Philipp Grubauer gets starting assignment from Capitals

Capital Gazette: Jimmy DeButts: Our hearts are on the line with the Caps back in the hunt

CBS Sports: NHL Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets schedule, predictions, odds and matchup breakdown / NHL Playoffs 2018: Philipp Grubauer gets nod to start Game 1 in net for Capitals

DC Refined: 7 ways to celebrate the Caps playoff run this postseason

ESPN: Capitals-Blue Jackets preview, pick: Ovi too much for Columbus / Experts' first-round picks for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Stanley Cup Playoff Hype Rankings: Which series are must-see? (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Predators top ranking of all 16 defense groups in Stanley Cup Playoffs (Washington Capitals mentioned)

The Hockey News: Capitals Going With Grubauer Over Holtby For Game 1, And It's The Right Call / Playoff X-Factors: Who Could Make Or Break The Post-Season For Each Cup Contender? (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals choose Philipp Grubauer over Braden Holtby in goal / NHL playoffs 2018: Predictions, odds for Capitals vs. Blue Jackets first-round series

Sports Capitol: Capitals winger T.J. Oshie “full go” for playoffs / Why the Capitals chose Philipp Grubauer, not Braden Holtby, as playoff starter

Sports Illustrated: Capitals Make Right Call in Choosing Grubauer Over Holtby, but It Isn't as Simple as It Seems

Toronto Star: Marner draws inspiration from Ovechkin for Stanley Cup playoff push

TSN: Grubauer to start Game 1 for Capitals

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: NHL Playoff Power Rankings: Road runs through Nashville (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Vavel: Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets playoff preview

WTOP: Capitals tab Philipp Grubauer to start Game 1: ‘It’s a privilege’

WUSA 9: Fan guide to Capitals Playoff events

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Barry Trotz | April 10 / Alex Ovechkin | April 10 / Braden Holtby | April 10 / Caps 365 | April 10 / Philipp Grubauer | April 10 / T.J. Oshie | April 10 / Devante Smith-Pelly | April 10 / John Carlson | April 10

106.7 The Fan: Grant and Danny: 4.9.18 Hour 4 - Devante Smith Pelly / The Sports Junkies: 4/9 Hour 4 - Tarik El Bashir (Segment starts at 17:26)

NBC Sports Washington: Caps vs. Blue Jackets: Key factors to watch / Rob, Alan and Tarik break down decision to start Grubauer

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Jackets-Capitals / NHL Now: Capitals tap Grubauer

TSN: Goaltending could decide CBJ vs. WSH, while experience may factor in NJ vs. TB / Capitals to start Grubauer in Game 1 against Blue Jackets

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Capitals Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (6 p.m.) / On the Capitals Starting Goaltender and Good Morning Washington Giving Away a Pair of Tickets Every 10 Minutes Thursday Morning (5 a.m.) / On the Capitals Starting Goaltender and Good Morning Washington Giving Away a Pair of Tickets Every 10 Minutes Thursday Morning (6 a.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: On the Capitals Hosting Game 1 Thursday Night (6 a.m.) / On the Capitals Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (5 p.m.) / On the Capitals Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (6 p.m.)

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On the Capitals Hosting a Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (9 a.m.) / On the Capitals Hosting a Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (5 a.m.) / On the Capitals Hosting a Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (6 p.m.) / On the Capitals Hosting a Soar to the Playoffs Pep Rally Presented by Boeing (5 p.m.)

Blue Jackets Clips:

The Athletic: An incredible journey: Artemi Panarin's path from poverty to NHL stardom / Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara ready to find 'another gear' in playoffs / Having each other's back: Dynamic pairing Seth Jones and Zach Werenski are there for one another and the Blue Jackets / How Cam Atkinson has evolved into a 'leader' for playoff-bound Blue Jackets

The Cannon: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals: The Cannon Staff Predicts the Series / Should Sonny Milano or Brandon Dubinsky Sit for Game One? A Cannon Conversation

Cleveland.com: Columbus Blue Jackets open Stanley Cup playoffs vs. Washington Capitals on Thursday (photos)

Columbus Blue Jackets: First-Round practice notes: Jackets keep it loose, embrace playoff fun / Sights and sounds: Practice April 10 / Series Preview: Five keys for the Blue Jackets to eliminate the Capitals / Series Preview: A look back at Jackets vs. Caps before the road ahead

Columbus Business First: Nationwide Arena, district gear up to host NHL playoffs (Video)

Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets | Slumping penalty kill gets work in practice / A look at the Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff history / Blue Jackets | Key veterans return to form, boost playoff push / Here’s how the Blue Jackets played against the Capitals this season

NHL.com: Blue Jackets' trade acquisitions paying off heading into playoffs

Union and Blue: Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals Center Comparison / Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals Winger Comparison / Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals Coaching Comparison


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