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Caps Today, 1/25/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals will face the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey tonight for the second game of back-to-backs. The Capitals dropped a 4-1 contest to Montreal last night as Joey Crabb scored the lone goal for Washington. Michal Neuvirth made his season debut as the Capitals outshot Montreal 31-22 in the loss. Capitals head coach Adam Oates will make his return to New Jersey, having been the assistant coach for the Devils for the past two seasons. Washington is searching for its first win of the season while New Jersey enters play tonight 2-0-0.    

Upcoming Media
Today, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Hope to Halt Skid in Jersey
Caps 365: Adam Oates Postgame 01-24-13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 01-24-13 / Canadiens Postgame Locker Room 01-24-13 / Michel Therrien 1-24-13 / Karl Alzner 1-24-13 / Troy Brouwer 1-24-13 / Matt Hendricks 1-24-13 / Wojtek Wolski 1-24-13 / Rinkside Update 1-24-13 / Adam Oates 1-24-13 / Alex Ovechkin 1-24-13

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook, 1-24-13: Canadiens 4, Caps 1 / Caps look for lead, Penalty-killing prowess vs. Habs
Capitals Voice: More Good News On the Radio in Baltimore / Your Capitals Minute For Friday, January 25 / Chatting with Jay Beagle on Draws, Conditioning, Linemates and More

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Canadiens: Washington falls to 0-3, gets trounced, 4-1 / Capitals Insider: Capitals ‘outworked’ in 4-1 loss to Montreal / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates looking for more from Marcus Johansson / Kids Post: Hockey’s big question: How good are the Caps? / DC Sports Bog: A White House petition to bring Obama to a Caps game
Washington Times: Capitals blown out by Canadiens, fall to 0-3 / Capitals Watch: Merit matters for Capitals as Adam Oates keeps shuffling
Washington Examiner: Capitals fall to 0-3 after ugly loss to Canadiens
CSN Washington: Joe B: Stuck in the middle / Capitals-Canadiens instant analysis / Wolski promoted, Ovi remains at right wing
94.7 Fresh FM: Tommy Show Talks with Wojtek Wolski with the Washington Caps

Ted’s Take: "Healthcare: Your money or your life" / Wall Street eats its own / True North

Recent Transactions
Jan. 21 Recalled Tomas Kundratek from Hershey


Oates back in Jersey – Capitals head coach Adam Oates returns to New Jersey for the first time since helping the Devils win the Eastern Conference last season as an assistant coach. Oates was an assistant coach with New Jersey from 2010-12, helping the Devils to a combined record of 86-67-11 and a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2012. Oates’s final game in New Jersey as a player came on Jan. 5, 2004, a 3-2 loss for the Edmonton Oilers.


A devil of a time – The Capitals are 5-2-2 in their last nine games against New Jersey, having outscored the Devils 25-21 in that span. The 92 wins that the Caps have in team history against New Jersey are the second-most wins against any franchise. Washington has earned more points against the Devils (208) in its franchise history than against any other NHL team.

Snipers – Alex Ovechkin (339) and Ilya Kovalchuk (299) rank first and second, respectively, in goals scored since the 2005-06 season. Ovechkin ranks first in that span in points (680) while Kovalchuk ranks sixth (583).

Leaders of the pack – Roman Hamrlik currently leads all active NHL players in career games played, having appeared in 1,382 games dating back to the 1992-93 season, while Martin Brodeur leads all goaltenders in NHL history in games played with 1,193. Hamrlik ranks third in goals, assists and points among active NHL defensemen while Brodeur leads all goaltenders in NHL history in wins (658) and shutouts (120).

Dancing with the devil –Jason Chimera scored more goals (four) against the Devils last season than any other opponent and scored at least one goal in three of the four matchups against New Jersey in 2012-13. Chimera has recorded six points (six goals) and 15 penalty minutes in 13 career games against New Jersey.

Putting on a show – John Carlson (who spent much of his childhood living in New Jersey) has collected eight points (two goals, six assists) in eight career games against the Devils. The eight career points and 12 career penalty minutes he has recorded against New Jersey are the most he has tallied against any NHL team.