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Caps Today, 5/10/18

May 10, 2018
This postseason, the Washington Capitals are 5-1 on the road, marking the most road wins in the playoffs. Including the regular season, the Capitals have won 10 of their 11 road games, dating back to March 22 in Detroit. The Capitals’ 20 goals for and 13 goals against ranks third and first, respectively, among teams with at least six road games in the playoffs. Additionally, the Capitals’ 179 shots for on the road in the playoffs are tied for the third-most in the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals and is tied for fourth in the NHL in points on the road in the postseason (4g, 5a), while Braden Holtby’s five wins and .927 save percentage ranks first and third, respectively among goaltenders with at least five road appearances.


The Washington Capitals will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final in Game 1 on Friday at 8 p.m. at Amalie Arena.


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Washington Post: Brett Connolly missed a Stanley Cup run with Lightning. Now on Caps, he has his chance. / Capitals’ Tom Wilson tries to adapt his tactics after a suspension he still disputes / Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom doesn’t practice, considered ‘day-to-day’ with hand injury / Boswell: For Washington sports teams and fans, a breakthrough, and maybe a new era / D.C. Sports Bog: The origin story of that amazing Evgeny Kuznetsov overtime goal call / D.C. Sports Bog: Lightning ticket restrictions could block the red for visiting Caps fans / Fancy Stats: The Capitals could exploit the Lightning’s biggest statistical weakness

Washington Times: Back from suspension, Wilson trying to stay on ‘right side of the line’ / Capitals begin preparing for Lightning, first conference finals in 20 years

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals vs. Lightning Preview: Players to watch / Capitals vs. Lightning Preview: X-factors that could swing the Eastern Conference Final / Burakovsky returns to Caps practice ahead of Game 1 vs. Lightning, Backstrom does not / Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: The ultimate Capitals-Lightning preview Backstrom to travel with Capitals for Game 1 against Lightning / Five key matchups for Lightning vs. Capitals in Eastern Conference Final / Lightning experience key storyline against Capitals in conference final / Capitals must refocus quickly for Game 1 against Lightning / Lightning-Capitals winner debated by writers / Mailbag: Backstrom's health key for Capitals' Stanley Cup push

AP: Ovechkin, Trotz are in new territory with Capitals in conference finals

Arlington Magazine: Caps Game 1 Viewing Party

The Athletic: Scoring trends, and what they teach us about teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs (Capitals mentioned) / Crease to Crease: Preparing goaltenders for the long haul of the postseason (Braden Holtby mentioned) / Marshall: The Penguins ran into a defensive wall against the Capitals

Bleacher Report: NHL Playoffs 2018: Updated Stanley Cup Outlook Before Conference Finals (Capitals mentioned)

Canoe: Caps' Ovechkin now has chance to rewrite legacy

CBC: Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference final preview

CBS New York: Capitals Finally End Their Eastern Conference Finals Drought

ESPN: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom 'day-to-day' with hand injury / Playoff roundtable: The breakout stars, biggest flops, Stanley Cup Final matchups we want to see and more (Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals mentioned)

The Hockey News: Conn Smythe Power Rankings: Flower Power (Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby mentioned)

NHLPA: My Top 5 | Blocked Shots (Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Dmitry Orlov mentioned)

NPR: Las Vegas Golden Knights Could End Up In Stanley Cup Finals In Team's Inaugural Year (Capitals mentioned)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Paul Zeise: I was wrong about the Washington Capitals

Reuters: Caps' Backstrom (hand) still day-to-day

Saudi Gazette: Ovechkin-led Caps reach 1st semis since 1998

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Lightning enforcing dress code for Capitals fans

Sports Capitol: Capitals look to keep emotional edge against Lightning / Nicklas Backstrom status uncertain for Game 1 / Tom Wilson says he doesn’t have much to say before saying a lot

Sports Illustrated: The Washington Capitals Busted Their Conference Finals Ghosts

SportsNet: Golden Knights GM happy for Capitals team he helped rebuild

The Times: Chris Mueller: Penguins losing to Capitals nothing less than a bitter failure-losing-to-capitals-nothing-less-than-bitter-failure

TSN: Caps' Wilson a 'bit confused' on suspension

Washington Life: My Washington: T.J. Oshie (pg. 82)

WTKR: As her team makes history, Capitals “Puck Girl” enjoying ‘best time’ of her life

WTOP: Is Evgeny Kuznetsov’s game winner the greatest goal in Capitals’ history? / With Caps victory, is DC sports curse really over? / NHL releases schedule for Caps’ next series

WUSA 9: If you're a Caps' fan traveling to Tampa for the game, good luck / The cursed Capitals' puck buried under the Penguins' arena is finally working...we think / An international game: Caps players represent 9 countries, and speak 7 languages

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: Puck Daddy Countdown: The Capitals freakin' did it!

Yahoo! Canada Sports: What it means for Alex Ovechkin to beat Sidney Crosby